When it comes to having a great birthing experience, all expectant parents have ideas of what that would entail. That’s why well before the Big Day arrives, it’s important to prepare by talking to your OB/GYN and the nursing staff about your preferences during labor and delivery.
Remember, though, that no birthing request is binding since situations can arise during labor and delivery that can cause your doctor to do what’s necessary to ensure the health and safety of you and your baby.
Every labor and delivery is unique, but here are some general topics to think about as you prepare for yours:
- Do you want pain medications? Or do you want to avoid them? Do you want them as soon as possible? Or only if you ask?
- During the first stages of labor—after you are admitted to the hospital—would you like to walk around?
- Who are the people you want to be in the delivery room?
- Do you want your partner to cut the umbilical cord?
This is just the start of a good discussion with your healthcare provider that can reveal even more issues that you’ll want to talk about—along with options and opinions.
As you prepare for the big day, click here for a packing list of things to bring to the hospital, put together by our pros—the Riverview Health labor and delivery team.