Where Will You Give Birth To Your Baby?
Where To Give Birth..
You have a choice where to have your baby. As long as there were no complications with your pregnancy, you can give birth at home, at a birth centre, or in hospital. You also have the choice of pain relief, no pain relief, a water birth, an active birth, and you may be able to opt for a planned caesarean.
Unless you request otherwise, your doctor will book you into a hospital for your birth. You'll be in for between 7 hours and 4 days depending on how you recover from the birth, and if there were any complications.
Whilst there you will have access to a team of expert medical staff and the full range of pain relief. You may be able to opt for a water birth or an active birth.
Some women who give birth in hospital feel the atmosphere is too impersonal and that they are part of a production line.
If you choose to give birth at home you will have two midwives in attendance.
You should feel more relaxed in your own surroundings - which helps the birth process. Gas and air will be available and maybe pethidine (check first with the midwife), but you won't be able to have an epidural. You can hire a birth pool if that is your chosen method.
You'll need to live within a fairly short distance from a hospital in case of emergency - 10-30 miles depending on local traffic conditions. This option will only be available if you have had a trouble-free pregnancy.
Staffed solely by midwives, a birth centre will offer the same facilities as a home birth: air and gas for pain relief, maybe pethidine.
The atmosphere is home-from-home and less impersonal than a hospital - although some birth centres are actually based in a hospital. A more relaxed surroundings which often leads to a more relaxed birth.
Not available if you've had complications during pregnancy.
The idea is to stay active, move around, and give birth naturally in an upright position.
Advocates of this method claim that being upright helps the baby to travel down the birth canal and your labour will be shorter.
You will need to be fit and experience no complications.
You spend your advanced labour and give birth in a birthing pool full of warm water.
The water encourages your body to release pain relieving hormones and it allows you to move more freely. You are less likely to need pain relief and less likely to tear.
And no, baby won't drown in the water.
If you find you do need pethidine or an epidural, you will have to come out of the pool.
Many hospitals do not have birthing pools, and those that do usually have only one - which someone else may be using when you need it. You can hire a birth pool to use at home or in hospital.
These are usually available only if there are medical reasons, such as a low placenta or if you have pre-eclampsia - unless, of course, you are willing to pay for the operation.
You will avoid the pain of labour, but will have a longer stay in hospital (about 5 days) and once you are back home you will still be feeling the effects of major surgery.
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Teach Your Baby To Read English
If your child's first language is not English, he or she can
still become an excellent English reader and writer. Your
baby is on the way to successful English reading if she is
beginning to learn many words and is interested in learning
to read in her first language. You can help by supporting
her in her first language as she learns English. Talk with
her, read with her, encourage her to draw and write.
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Intersting Baby Facts - Strange But True!
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There is actually a bit of controversy about this question. Some pediatricians recommend that your baby not wear shoes until at least 15 months of age. Others feel that a child should start to wear shoes as soon as they're walking. However, you have to consider where your baby is walking. If they are cruising around your own home, then there is usually no need for shoes. But what about outdoors? Obviously you wouldn't want your child running around barefoot on cement or in the dirt. Babies should be wearing a firm shoe in this case to prevent injuries (and dirty socks).
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Is your baby about to start solid foods? Are you thinking of making
your own baby food?
Baby Strollers Tips and Advice
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Aromatherapy For Babies
Before reading this article keep in mind that most doctors
don't recommend the use of aromatherapy on babies that re
less than three months old. This is because the nasal and
skin tissues of an infant are very sensitive and easily
irritated by anything but the blandest of substances. Once
your baby is past that age consult with your doctor to
make sure that the use of essential oils is right for your