“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” – Laura Stavoe Harm

As your impending ‘due date’ for your baby comes closer, you may be starting to ask yourself what do I need to do before this baby arrives?

There are plenty of articles, leaflets, books, websites and of course, people, who will happily give their opinions (wanted or otherwise!) but at the end of the day, it comes down to what you need.What do you, your birth support and baby need?

The best advice I have found is to consider the advice you learn and then do with it as you wish! Consider it, research it or simply bin it!

If knowing every single possibility is what helps you – read, listen, watch to your hearts content. If staying fairly oblivious, then tune out and perhaps focus on things that fill you with joy. Prepare a music playlist? Plan a baby moon getaway before baby comes? It is up to you (are you seeing the theme here yet?).

If you’re looking for a base level perhaps consider these three things to do before baby arrives. The rest is entirely up to you and your birth team how you prepare for the birth of your baby.

 

ONE.

Make sure you’re looking after yourself – eat a balanced diet, try to receive enough rest and plan some ‘you’ time.’

TWO.

Attend at least one birth class – whether it be the free sessions run by your hospital or a reputable birth preparation workshop like I run. Learning a little bit about what to expect can help you be in control of your birth. Knowledge is power.

THREE.

Set up your nursery so you’re ready for your babies arrival. Also,  its a great idea to fill your freezer with a couple of easy meals for when you arrive home from hospital.

Of course, these aren’t the only options you have but it is a good starting point for preparing for the birth of your baby.

 

A lot of people wonder whether attending a birth preparation workshop is worth the investment in time and money. I can’t speak for every class but The Calming Companion Birth Preparation workshop aims to prepare you for the birth of your baby including the lead up and the post birth experience (also known as the fourth trimester). This also includes information around breastfeeding (if you choose to do so). 

If you’re curious to learn more, you can read some of my client birth stories on my website.  

I always love to learn what tools my birth couples ended up using in their birth. What works for one client might not work for another but we cover a range of tools which gives our birth couples the power to choose what works for them. Sometimes it can even surprise you what you thought would work but then at the time, they opted for something entirely different. 

I always smile recalling one client telling me she wanted to birth her baby in the bath but when the time came it was near impossible to pull her away from the shower as she was enjoying the constant water stream on her back so the bath water was quite literally thrown out and the baby was to be born in the shower instead! 

Questions? Feel free to reach out info@thecalmingcompanion.com.au or give me a call on 0409 966 672 for a chat.