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Childbirth - Equip Yourself With In-depth Knowledge About Childbirth

Jan 20, 2008
First-time pregnancy and impending childbirth can be a time of uncertainties and fears for the mother-to-be. She has to take good care of herself during this period as well as prepare herself for safe delivery of her child. Equipping herself with correct information about childbirth will definitely aid her in getting through this emotionally difficult time.

What is actually meant by "educating oneself about childbirth"? It simply means that the first-time mother is aware of what is to follow during each month of her pregnancy, as well as, what happens during the actual process of delivery. Of note, the learning process should be one of joy, not fear!

As for all other things, the Internet becomes the easiest source of information even in this case. If access to the Net is difficult, plenty of books are available in the market. Medical centers also hand out pamphlets on childbirth. For first-hand information, there are other experienced mothers, one's own doctor, midwives, and a doula (experienced but non-medical assistant who can provide emotional support as well as give proper information). Though the first trimester may prove to be a little difficult, the second one becomes easier because the pregnant woman is no longer in an 'unknown zone'.

To go one step further, different books and web sites related to education on childbirth even list out different options for delivering a child. Would the mother-to-be like her obstetrician to perform the delivery? Or does she trust her family doctor more? A midwife can deliver the child at home itself.

While most people prefer to go the 'natural way' or 'traditional hospital way', there are those who opt for delivery at home or a water birth (immersion in warm water). A modern method is the Lamaze technique, knowledge of which is obtained by attending Lamaze classes. Additionally, a hired doula can give immense confidence before delivery.

What is the next step after the baby is born? Learning to be a model parent! Books are a good source, whether bought from a shop or borrowed from a public library. Some libraries even offer free Internet use, making it possible to join discussion forums and get answers to unresolved questions. There are any numbers of classes on parenting as well.

The best source to learn about childbirth and parenting is of course, women who have undergone multiple births and are willing to share their resources, books and previous experiences with the new mother. Whatever it may be, the time before the "bundle of joy" finally erupts into the world should be one of learning and happiness!
About the Author
Abhishek has seen many childbirths in his huge family! Visit www.Childbirth-Guru.com and Download Abhishek's FREE Report "How To Dress And Look Your Best During Pregnancy!". If you are an expecting mother, or have just delivered, you can get some very valuable information about Pregnancy and Childbirth. But hurry, only limited Free copies available! www.Childbirth-Guru.com
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