Amelia Protiva is a creative designer, certified doula, birth photographer and champion for the mamas. Her blog is filled with birth business tools, design inspiration, raw motherhood anecdotes and a good dash of humor.
Writing a birth plan is a great way to communicate your needs and wishes to your care provider and team. Because every birth is unique, detailing your preferences is the best way to be fully informed of all of your options during labor and the immediate postpartum.
Are you thinking about growing your family? Here are a few helpful tips to get you started before or while you are TTC.
Start taking prenatal vitamins now.
Prenatal vitamins are specifically formulated to assure that you and your baby are getting all of the nutrients you need. Switching to a prenatal vitamin with at least 400 mcg of folate 1-3 months prior to conception reduces the risk of neural tube defects by at least 50%.
A bit before lunchtime on February 13th, I received a text from Kimberley with the news that she had just been in to see her OB and was 3cm dilated. She texted that she was feeling contractions on and off throughout the morning, but they weren’t regular at the moment. I put my day’s plans on hold and triple checked my birth gear was ready. Since this babe was Kimberley’s fourth, everything had to have the ability to be dropped at a moment’s notice. The day progressed quietly, I puttered around doing office work and running quick errands and finally went to bed to a howling windstorm around 10pm. My sleep was restless, and when my phone rang just after 1am, I was jolted wide-awake. That birth call adrenaline rush that every birth worker is all too familiar with!