When you dream of your perfect birth experience, do you find yourself longing for the comforts of home complete with your own bed, quiet, personal surroundings, control over what family / friends are welcome, and more? Today's pregnant woman is increasingly turning to the respite offered from yesteryear (well - with modern plumbing which is a definite plus)! Read on for help planning your special day.
The presence of a professional labor support person -- a doula, for example -- can have a huge effect on the obstetrical outcome of the birth. Randomized, controlled trials on birth support have shown shorter labor, less requests for pain medication, reduction in number of necessary c-sections. Interested in a doula? Here are tips for interviewing and hiring.