There’s so much to do in what feels like a long period of time – nine months, right? Depending what trimester you’re currently in, do you have enough time to plan where you’re having your baby? Have you scheduled your childbirth education class yet? Kudos to you if you you’ve taken care of these two important “ingredients” in planning for the birth of your baby.
The truth is pregnancy goes fast and time runs out quickly. As a result, many moms-to-be and their partners end up in the last few weeks of their pregnancy (or later) to enroll in a childbirth class! As far as facilities to deliver your baby in it’s usually just assumed where your doctor goes, you go!
However, the facility you choose, often a hospital, policies vary from hospital to hospital and researching how they differ is important.
Why? Because you’ll learn what options are available to you during your labor and this information could make a difference in enhancing your birth experience. This is something that is best explored months before “delivery” day rather than last minute!
For example, did you know you could have a water birth in a hospital? Hackettstown Regional Medical Center in Hackettstown, New Jersey offers the option of water birth! Yes, it is absolutely safe! Other hospitals are now offering this as well because of the benefits to the laboring mom: Comfort, relaxation, increased pain management, and a natural birth experience.
Both hospitals Morristown Memorial in Morristown and Overlook in Summit in New Jersey also offer water birth options.
Deciding what kind of birth experience you want is the first step in preparing for birth along with this checklist:
1. What kind of insurance coverage do you have?
2. What hospitals accept your insurance?
3. What hospital (s) does your care provider practice in? This will determine what hospital you can go to.
4. Go on a tour of the hospital to see what it’s like and if you like the facility. Sometimes tours are free or offered as part of a childbirth class. Call labor & delivery departments and see if they offer personal tours. Hospitals want you to come see their facility as they want your “business.”
Knowing what your facility options are will take care of the “where” aspect in planning your baby’s birth. Yet, taking a childbirth class will prepare you for the “how” to birth and cope emotionally.
Here’s what one mom said about her childbirth experience at Overlook Hospital:
“We took boththe Prepared Childbirth, Calm Birth and Go Baby Green classes. Our teacher was very knowledgeable, warm and welcoming. We found the breathing and relaxation exercises as well as the materials covered during the Prepared Childbirth to be incredibly helpful. We were very lucky to have had a great birth experience. We used our breathing techniques to work through our contractions and successfully brought our beautiful little girl into this world just as we had hoped and written in our birthplan- completely natural. The hospital staff at Overlook were fabulous- warm and supportive, helping us to follow our birthplan to a T. We would highly recommend both the birth classes we took and Overlook Hospital as a birthing center to any expectant mother.”
Christa Schackert, Westfield, NJ
Visit www.leslynotes.com for online “live” childbirth education or www.smartbirth.net for childbirth community and support