Choosing a practitioner
09:28 (GMT+2), Thu, 15 September 2011
By Sister Lilianbirth, birthing options, homebirth, active birth unit, Caesarean, choosing a practitioner, sister lilian
- When you choose your pregnancy and birthing team, try not to be too rigid in your approach. Always remember that your goal is to have the best possible experience for both the baby and yourself.
- Choose a doctor or midwife who has the ability to discuss various birth options in an open manner. If the practitioner has this flexibility, he or she will be able to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various approaches with you, enabling you to make the best choice.
- Look out for a person who radiates love and compassion for people.
- Anxiety makes labour more difficult, as it raises adrenaline and cortisol levels in the bloodstream, suppressing the hormones that make labour easier and reduce pain naturally. Consider using the services of a dedicated private midwife who'll be with you throughout labour, supporting you every step of the way without shift-end changes and the disruption they bring on an emotional and mental level. Most private midwives work closely with an obstetrician who they'll call if there is a need for medical intervention. This offers an extremely safe, caring and wonderful birthing experience.