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How to Get the Birth Experience YOU Want

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Be proactive!

Doris Haire, the president of the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health explains in her article below how all expectant parents can easily take responsibity for the decisions made in their pregnancy, birth and baby's care: 

  • Common practice patterns employed in the obstetric care
  • Questions to ask your caregiver at your first visit
  •  The benefits of taking along a support person to prenatal visits
  • How to communicate your needs to your caregiver
  • How and why to prepare a birthing plan
  • Why the hospital consent form is so important to your baby’s birth
  • Talking to residents and nurses while you’re in labor
  • How and why to get your obstetrical records


A good childbirth experience should be happy and gratifying, as well as safe. You are much more likely to have a good experience if you establish early a good communication with your physician or midwife. Sometimes it is the expectant parents who must take the lead in establishing a rapport, but don't let that hold you back. It's your childbirth experience. It's up to you to let the doctor or midwife know what you want. If he or she is not in agreement with your wishes...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE  

More information on improving childbirth, obstetrical drugs, ultrasound and evidence based medicine can be found at the American Foundation for Maternal and Child Health website:
http://www.aimsusa.org

 
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