Mother’s Health During Pregnancy Week 30Brought to you by
Have you noticed?
Something that you will need to decide is how you will deliver your baby in regards to anesthesia, or lack thereof.
Natural childbirth – Natural childbirth is childbirth without the use of pain medication. If you are interested in learning more about the methods of delivering your baby naturally, you should look into the Alexander Technique, the Bradley Method, Lamaze, water birth, or hypnosis.
Narcotics – Some women opt to receive narcotics during labor. The goal of narcotics is to reduce anxiety and to help women cope with contractions. Once you decide whether or not you would like to receive narcotics, it's a good idea to include this information in your birth plan.
Local Anesthesia – Some women prefer local anesthesia to help cope with the pain of contractions. Local anesthesia includes a pudendal block, spinal block, or an epidural.
What's a doula? You have probably heard doulas mentioned, but who are they? Doulas are private labor coaches you can hire to assist you during labor and delivery. Their fees usually include the delivery, as well as home visits, to prepare for the birth, and then follow-up visits after delivery.
Hospitals don't usually provide doulas, so you will have to hire someone on your own. Try asking around, you may be surprised to find that doulas are becoming increasingly common, and a friend or family member may even be able to suggest someone to you. You can also look online, or ask your healthcare provider. The most important thing when selecting a doula, however, isn't always a recommendation. Because this person will be with you during one of the most important times of your life, it's most important that you are comfortable working with her (or him).