1. Pack your bags
Pack your hospital bag well in advance because you never know when baby could arrive. And always ensure you have enough petrol.
Click here for a list of what to pack in you and your baby’s hospital bags.
2. Breathe and stay positive
Book Lamaze classes during your pregnancy. You’ll be taught breathing techniques to keep you calm and deal with the pain of labour. You’ll also be taught positive visualisations to influence your frame of mind. If you’re not up for classes, look for books that’ll help.
3. Get a birth partner
Try to ensure at least one close person is with you in the labour room. It could be your partner, a family member, or a close friend. Having someone you trust and who cares is important. You can express your feelings to this person during the process and be assured they are there to help and support you every step of the way.
4. Soothing sounds
Most hospitals allow music during birth. Choose calming soundtracks to relax you during labour.
5. Forget what everybody else thinks
Because of peers and social pressure we tend to think that anything but a natural childbirth is a failure. Notwithstanding your preparations, if they don’t go according to plan you’ve still proudly given birth to your baby. The birth is not a reflection of you, and unrealistic expectations can instil a loss of self-confidence.
How to handle the birth day
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