Once you find out that you are pregnant or begin to try to conceive a baby you will began to think about the kind of birth that you would like to have. A main factor that is going to affect your choice of the kind of birth that you want is the location that you live in.
You may decide that you would like to have your baby at home, either unassisted or with the assistance of a midwife. Homebirths, both unassisted childbirths and births assisted by a midwife, are becoming more common in the United States. However sometimes when a homebirth is the option that you want and there are no midwives in your area then the only option of a homebirth is to have an unassisted childbirth and if this is something that you are not comfortable with you will have to have a hospital birth or have your baby at a birthing center.
You may feel disappointed because on a general scale hospitals have the reputation of being very impersonal in births and routine about labors and births. Some things of course that you should remember is that not at all hospitals are pushy and mainstream, not all birthing centers are open minded, not all midwives are passive and not controlling and not all unassisted childbirths are perfect. When the area that you live in doesn’t have a birthing center either you will be having your baby at a hospital. There are some things that you can do to cope with the situation.
Accept the Fact
As soon as you accept the fact that you will be having your baby at a hospital you can begin to prepare to make it the best birth that it can be.
Visualize Your Birth the Way You Want It
Just because your baby is going to born in a hospital doesn’t mean that you can’t have a beautiful and wonderful birth. Start to visualize how you would like your labor and birth to happen.
Find an OB/GYN That You Like
You will have nine months before you give birth and that should give you plenty of time to make sure that you and your OB/GYN are going to see eye to eye. If you begin to discuss what you would like in your birth and you can tell that you are going to be disagreeing, change your OB/GYN.
Research Labor and Birth
Pregnancy, labor and birth are things that you will want to research so you can make educated decisions that are not solely influenced by the trust of a medical professional that is assisting in your pregnancy, labor and birth.
If you feel that there are going to be debates with the hospital staff that is assisting in your labor and birth and yourself prepare yourself to be able to stand up for what you want. Make a birth plan and have someone present, such as your partner, family member or a doula, at the labor who knows what you want and don’t want who can help you tell the staff what you want for your labor and birth.
There are wonderful people who work in hospitals that assist in pregnancies, labors and births. A hospital birth can be a great experience and when it is the only option that you have, it is very important to go into the situation prepared for conflict but visualizing a happy and healthy pregnancy, labor and birth.