Planning Your Delivery When You Are Expecting

If you are in your second or third trimester of pregnancy, you are probably waiting in anticipation for your due date to arrive. To better prepare for this day, you should make a plan for your delivery that you share with your obstetrician so that you can welcome your baby to the world in a way that suits your family. Below is a look at some of the key planning points you might consider.

Pregnant belly

Birthing techniques

Taking a childbirth class is a great way to learn about the various labor techniques to facilitate vaginal birth. Everyone is unique, so there is no single standard technique that works for all mothers. Therefore, it is worth the time to explore your options and choose one that is comfortable for you.

Pain relief options

It is no secret that childbirth is painful, but this pain is handled differently by all women. You should discuss all your options for pain relief during labor with your doctor so you are able to decide between natural pain relief techniques, medication, or a combination of the two.

First moments with your baby

There are some standard procedures that your birthing center will follow post-delivery, but the order of these events and the specific details may be left to you. For example, you may have the choice of trying to feed your baby immediately after birth or waiting until your baby has spent some time in the nursery. Knowing your preference for the post-birth procedures will be beneficial on the day of your delivery when you may be feeling too tired to think clearly about your decisions.

In the city of Riverside, Riverside Community Hospital is the preferred choice for expectant mothers, as we deliver about 87% of newborns in the community. See why our Family Birthplace is the popular choice of Riverside by visiting our website or calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (951) 788-3000.

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