Having a baby is a long and involved process. We all know where it all starts, in terms of the actual baby-making part of the activity, most people have spent a night or two awake thinking through the details that go into that part of the business. But not nearly as much time is spent thinking through the events that typically take place about nine months later. Both ends of the process are very natural and, in many ways instinctual, but the end is much more complicated, and potentially dangerous, than the beginning. So what are the things that need to be considered when it comes to the birthing? The truth is there are a lot of things to consider; here’s a short list to set you in the right direction.
Know your doctor
It is important that you have a good relationship with your doctor and that you feel comfortable and understood by them. The pregnancy typically last nine months and if you don’t have an obstetrician at the beginning it means that you have plenty of time to find the right person. Ask around, speak to friends and other people you know about their experiences and what they thought of their doctor. In terms of finding an obstetrician Melbourne, Sydney, Perth or any other major city will have plenty to choose from, the key here is not finding one, it is finding one you can relate to. When it comes to the big moment it will be the doctor who has the authority in the delivery room, so it is critical that you feel heard and respected by him or her.
The dad is important
The father’s role in the process is not just at the start, he has a critical role to play as well on delivery day. And for any man who loves the mother of his child, it can be a very fraught experience. The reality is that aside from being supportive there is not a great deal that the man can do. But being present and supportive is extremely important and it can make the world of difference for the woman as she goes through labour. As the father to be, ensure that you have done your research and that you know what to expect. It can take a while. It will be terrifying seeing your partner in pain and distress, but you need to be there for her. Be patient and kind and go the extra mile. It will be more appreciated than you can ever imagine.