While having a birth plan is important and can help to bring you to a peaceful state about how you’d like your labor to go, that doesn’t mean that your labor will go according to your plan.
If you’d like to avoid having a cesarean section, here are three ways that may be able to help you do just that.
Choose your OB/GYN carefully
By no means should you just jump right into seeing any doctor for your pregnancy. There’s so much more to choosing the right doctor that you’ll be seeing for your entire pregnancy and who will most likely be delivering your child as well.
Do your own research both online and off. Ask friends and relatives who they used, if they liked them, if they agreed with everything they did during their pregnancy and delivery, and if they didn’t like their doctor, what didn’t they like about them?
Not every obstetrician you come into contact with will be anti-c-section. Some will be pro-c-section and others still may be split down the middle. That is, they may prefer that you do all that you can to deliver vaginally and use a c-section as a last resort.
It’s important, when you’re deciding on an OB/GYN, that you find one who shares your same passion for your birth plan, one whom respects a mother’s wishes, and one whom will work with you and your growing family to help make your pregnancy and delivery as smooth and worry-free as possible.
Try hard to avoid being induced and labor at home
It’s easy to forget that an estimated due date is just that, an estimated date that your doctor assumes your child may arrive on or near. It’s not a date set in stone and many babies often take their sweet time choosing their birthday. Induction should really only be done if you or your baby are in a life-threatening situation.
When you do go into labor, try to labor at home until you feel your contractions are getting stronger and are coming closer together.
Your goal with trying to avoid induction and laboring at home is that the less intervention you have, the better off you’ll be to delivery vaginally.
Look into using a midwife and hiring a doula
Using a midwife and a doula during your prenatal visits and your labor won’t guarantee you will delivery naturally, but what it can offer is more options for you to get to know yourself, your body, and what you’re capable of.
Midwives and doulas are fantastic at trusting the mother to delivery naturally and to help aid your pregnancy with little to no interventions if at all possible.
- Whether you choose an OB/GYN or a midwife, you should always work closely with them throughout your entire pregnancy and delivery. Your welfare and that of your unborn child’s relies on it.
About the author: Danielle is a freelance blogger and editor specializing in parenting, family, pregnancy, social media, and entrepreneurial topics. To learn more about Danielle, please visit her website at www.PenPointEditorial.com.