finding who works for you
One of the most difficult things you will do as a parent is having to take care of your child when they are hurt or sick, and no one wants to figure out who is the best person to see when you are in the middle of the ordeal. As a midwife in Texas, I can care for your well newborn for the first 6 weeks of their life, but should they need a little extra care, it is good to know whom you will turn to in that situation. You will find my favorite pediatricians on the client resources link above. Each of these providers is different in how they practice, and for that, I am thankful because every family is different in how they raise their children. If you are looking for a specific type of care, let me know, and I will do my best to guide you to someone who matches your goals.
finding what works for you
Every day, you use various natural, instinctive skills that you have used over your life to manage stress and various discomforts. Many of these natural “coping skills” are so “normal” you don’t even know you do them. One of the exercises you can do to help prepare for birth is to identify what you naturally do to manage physical and emotional discomforts.
I am adding a worksheet you can download to help you find what already works for you. In your birth class, you will learn and practice coping skills that some people use in labor. As you learn and practice labor skills, recognize the similar parts to what you already do.
One of the most important things you can do during labor is to change positions to help the baby navigate the bones in the pelvis. Position changes can also help the laboring mom be comfortable. You’ll learn and practice more labor positions in your birth class. This handout will be a great reference for you as you begin to practice coping skills for birth.