10 Things Your Doctor Never Told You About Giving Birth | Traverse City Birth Photography
Hey there mama-to-be! So, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed with all the information (or lack thereof) about giving birth. But don't worry, I’ve got you!
Here are 10 things your doctor probably didn't tell you about giving birth that will help you feel more prepared and in control.
(And hey, if these pique your interest, bring these up to your doctor at the next appointment!)
You don't have to give birth in the hospital.
There is a new birth center opening in the Traverse City area so we now have another option in Northern Michigan!
Question for your doctor/midwife: Would he/she support you and work with a home birth midwife if you decided to go this route?
Epidurals are not the only form of pain relief available during labor.
My midwife told me that water is nature's epidural and I loved being in the bathtub or birthing pool during my labors.
Question for your doctor/midwife: What other pain relief options do they see often that’s effective other than epidural?
You can bring your own music or sounds to the delivery room.
Question for your doctor/midwife: Can I bring music to the birthing room?
Birthing pools can help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during labor.
Question for your doctor/midwife: Are there birth pools available or another way I can use water to relax?
You will probably poop during labor (and that's okay!).
Birthing positions - there are many different positions that can help make the birthing process easier.
For my first birth, I spent almost the entire time on my hands and knees. This got tiring, but it was all that felt good at the time. For my second, I had a birth pool and it provided so much relief to be able to float and move my body with contractions.
Question for your doctor/midwife: In what positions are you willing to help me birth my baby?
Doulas are a great support and aren’t only used for birth.
I felt so much safer and supported when my doula arrived for my first birth. And she even took our dogs out for us while I was laboring so my husband didn't have to leave my side!
For a list of local doulas and other maternity, birth, and postpartum providers check out my New Parents Guide here.
Question for your doctor/midwife: Do you work with doulas often? Are there any you recommend?
You can eat and drink during labor, if you want to.
Question: Under what circumstances will I not be allowed to eat or drink in labor?
If you will not be allowed to eat once you arrive at the hospital, this is something to keep in mind. You may want to labor at home a little longer.
The power of the mind - visualization and other relaxation techniques can help during labor.
Prenatal yoga was the best thing I did to prepare for my births. I could hear my yoga instructor telling me to breathe my baby down and out as each contraction came. It kept me calm and focused on bringing my baby into the world.
Question: Is there anything I can do now to learn how to cope with labor?
Cesarean sections are a common form of delivery.
Question: In what circumstances do you perform c-sections?
So, there you have it, mama. I hope reading "10 things your doctor never told you about giving birth" has armed you with some new information about giving birth in Traverse City that will hopefully help you feel more confident and excited about your birth! If you’re still looking for a Traverse City Birth Photographer, click here to schedule a no-obligation inquiry call with me: Schedule a Call with Jamie
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Welcome to the blog of Crackerjack Photography Studio and photographer, Jamie Kirschner. I'm a portrait photographer based in Traverse City, Michigan who loves learning and retelling the stories of others. I practice this through birth photography, family portraits, headshots and event photography.
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