Dear expectant parents,
The birth of your child is imminent and there are certainly many questions and uncertainties in your head. Good preparation is crucial for a positive birth experience and the start of parenthood. In this blog article I would like to offer you guidance and show you what things you should prepare to make the birth and subsequent parental leave as stress-free and positive as possible.
Preparation for birth
Preparing for the birth of your child should not only be physical, but also mental. Birth preparation classes are a great way to familiarize yourself with breathing techniques, relaxation exercises and the birth process. There are various course offerings, such as for couples or special courses for women. It is important that you feel comfortable and can openly address your questions and concerns. Breathing techniques and relaxation exercises will help you better cope with the pain of birth and stay calm and focused during birth. Practice these techniques regularly and also talk to your partner or a doula about the support you want during birth.
Choosing the place of birth
Your decision on where to give birth has a significant impact on your birth experience. In Austria you have three main options: hospital, birth center and home birth. Each option has its advantages and disadvantages, so it is important to do your research and make a decision that suits your needs and wants. Hospitals offer the most medical security and are ideal when risk factors are present. Birth centers offer a familiar and personal atmosphere in which you are cared for by experienced midwives. With a home birth, you can give birth in the familiar surroundings of your home and will also be accompanied by a midwife.
Creating a birth plan
A birth plan is a helpful tool for recording your wishes and concerns about the birth and sharing them with your birth team. The plan includes, for example, information about painkillers, desired relaxation methods, music or light. It is important that you remain open to changes, because birth does not always go according to plan.
Pack a hospital bag
Packing your hospital bag should be on your to-do list from around the 34th week of pregnancy. Prepare a bag with everything you need for you, your baby and your partner. This includes comfortable clothing for the mother, baby clothes, care products, documents such as maternity passports and health insurance cards, as well as snacks and drinks. To make the birth and the stay in the birthplace more pleasant, you can also pack things that relax you, such as a favorite pillow, relaxing music or aromatherapy oils.
Basic equipment for the baby
In order to be best prepared for your baby's arrival, it makes sense to think about the necessary initial equipment early on. Here are some basic purchases:
- Stroller: Pay attention to quality, stability and a comfortable seat for your baby. Also consider how much space you have for the stroller and how easy it is to fold up.
- Car seat: Your baby's safety in the car is of utmost importance. Make sure you buy a suitable car seat of the right size and age group and find out how to install it correctly.
- Extra bed: An extra bed offers your baby a safe place to sleep right next to your bed in the first few months. This means you can easily feed and calm your baby at night without having to get up.
- Other important and helpful items of equipment include baby clothing, diapers, care products, nursing pillows and baby monitors.
In summary, good preparation is the key to a stress-free and positive birth and parental leave. Research birth locations, attend birth preparation classes, and create a birth plan that takes your wishes and concerns into account. Pack your hospital bag in good time and prepare the home for your baby. Don't worry if everything doesn't go perfectly - the most important thing is that you and your baby are healthy and happy. Enjoy the exciting time of preparation and look forward to your new family member. In further articles on my blog you will find even more helpful tips and advice about pregnancy, birth and parenthood.