I read through a lot of information on the web about “planning” for b-day and I think the most useful info was the more simple and practical things, l like having a bag (or bags) with items such a couple sets of clothes for you, baby (babies) and birth partner (if applicable) and any other items of comfort pertinent to you. Everyone’s baby bag will be different but bring items that will be useful for you, as you don’t know how long or how short of a stay the hospital will be. Perhaps setting up a few bags, so you have one in the car, one in the office( some women have worked practically while giving birth), basically any where that you are spending a good chunk of time in. When it’s go-time the bags are in place, grab and go, the trick is to remember to take it! Lastly, logistics are practical, a test run, visiting the hospital (if you chose this method)in advance so you know where to go. It’s just one less item to have to think about on b-day!
“The birth-plan”! My plan was to go with the flow! Chances are someone has recommended to you Ricki Lakes’ The Business of Being Born, if not, it is interesting and worth seeing. I think the idea of home-birth sounds so amazing, and I would love to do that it sounds so zen! However, in the event something goes wrong I like the idea of being in a hospital. For me, a facility with multiple professionals designed to handle emergencies did end up being the best thing for us, as Matteo was not breathing when he was born. The NICU(neonatal intensive care unit) rushed into action in seconds and moments later we got to hear that indelible first cry of life. Maybe if were at home everything would have been fine too, but my gut instinct tells me that it’s modern medicine that saved our son.
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