Mom Circle is getting you ready to birth during Covid-19!
There's a lot going on in the world right now, putting many things in our lives on hold. But one thing's for sure - babies will not wait. Today I will be your doula, and help prepare you for birth during these strange times.
Your birth can still be the safe and satisfying experience you desire.
Here is a list of things you should consider when due during Covid-19.
Hiring a Doula
Yes, I'm giving you a snippet of how a doula can support your family but this is only a pinch of what one can provide. Having a doula promotes more positive outcomes and has endless benefits. Just check out the statistics! All I'm saying is a doula will help prepare you for birth, build your confidence, explore your options, and so much more. You can even hire a virtual doula and have support at your finger tips! Still not convinced? Check out this article on The Birth Doula's Contribution to Modern Maternity Care.
Many hospitals and instructors are not offering in-person classes due to social distancing. Don't worry, you can even take a childbirth education class from the comfort of your home! You may be thinking, "is this an important step in preparing for birth?" and the answer is, yes! These classes can make exploring your options and understanding the basics of childbirth a breeze.
Writing a birth plan
Like everything, this is optional but I definitely recommend it! This is a great way to briefly introduce yourself to everyone involved, thank them for their support, and communicate your family's desires by stating what's most important during your experience. It can also be an opportunity to think about the unexpected as labor and birth can be unpredictable. There are endless ways you can put together a birth plan, even by drawing pictures to create a visual with no words at all! Overall, your birth team will get a feel for your family and what's most important to you.
It is important to be empowered and have the confidence to make decisions. You still have control over your body when birthing your child. Informed consent is when you have the information you need to make an informed decision and you consent, or in other words say yes. Refusal is when you say no. Care providers should give you the information you need, get your consent before doing anything, and respect your refusal at any time.
Many women have turned to home birth to avoid germs and new hospital policies. Birthing your baby at home is an option and a good one to explore if it peeks your interest.
If you are birthing in a hospital setting, don't be afraid to ask about what policies are changing and how to best prepare for your birth experience.
Postpartum is the time after your baby is born. It is important to think about what support you will have as well as gather resources for you and your growing baby. One great idea for postpartum care is setting up a meal train where your friends and loved ones can pick a day to bring you a warm meal. This is another great reason to hire a doula as she has access to local resources and can support you during this time.
It is a strange and uncertain time for expecting families. It is okay to grieve. Grieve your baby shower, not having your partner with you during prenatals, anything that you may have lost during Covid-19. Know that you are not alone, that this experience can still have a bright and beautiful side. Be prepared, gain confidence, and birth the way you desire. Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed!