Ready to Have a Baby? How to Make Sure Your Little One Arrives Safely
By: Lizzie Weakley
You can already imagine what it will be like to hold your baby’s soft cheek against your own; to feel her tiny fingers wrap around your finger; to look into his brand-new baby eyes. You want your baby to have every possible advantage and to be safe and healthy.
When you discover that you’re pregnant, it’s important to begin preparing immediately so that you baby arrives safely. Below, we’ve included four essential things to consider while preparing for your little one to come into the world.
1. Consult an attorney.
Most people don’t consider the legal implications of having a child, but you will need to consult an attorney about the changing (or creation of) your will to include your baby. Additionally, you may want to seek the help of a birth injury lawyer, who can advise you about how to avoid risk during childbirth. Many birth injury lawyers even recommend certain midwives, obstetrician-gynecologists (OB-GYNs), and doctors.
2. Find the right practitioner.
The health of your baby is your first priority during pregnancy, and you should find someone who you can trust to ensure your baby’s safety. Although most women in the United States choose to consult an OB-GYN to aid them during pregnancy and delivery, certified nurse-midwives are growing in popularity. Most hospitals offer obstetricians, physicians, and certified midwives. Whoever you choose, make sure that he or she is someone who will respect your wishes and put your baby’s needs first.
3. Select your delivery location.
Do you trust streamlined processes, or do you prefer more individualized care? More women are choosing to deliver their baby at home or at a birthing center so they can experience natural labor and delivery. These locations lower risks of you or your baby contracting a sickness while staying at the hospital. However, hospitals offer safety in the number of doctors and nurses available to meet your needs. Choose a location that will help you feel safe, secure, and confident as you give birth to your baby.
4. Take care of yourself.
Your baby’s health while growing and developing largely depends on you. Take care of yourself! Don’t smoke, drink alcohol, or take unnecessary risks. Take a prenatal vitamin and any dietary supplements recommended by your birthing specialist. Exercise, get enough rest, and eat a balanced diet. Now is the perfect time to pamper yourself—after all, there’s two of you to take care of!
As you prepare for your labor and delivery, surround yourself with people who want to help your baby live a healthy, happy life. Your baby will be in your arms before you know it, so follow these steps to prepare now!