Planning for Childbirth

While you never know exactly what will happen during your baby’s birth, it is a good idea to be as prepared as possible. Take a childbirth education class and work with your doctor to develop a birth plan.

One important issue to think about is whether you want a natural birth or pain-relief medication. While some women can manage very well with breathing and relaxation techniques, others benefit from an epidural or other pain-relief medications.

Another item to consider is how much you want your doctor to assist you in your delivery. If your labor is not progressing well, your doctor may administer a medication such as Pitocin, which speeds up contractions and cervix dilation. Later, if you have been pushing for a long time, your doctor may use a vacuum or forceps to help the delivery.

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