Expecting a visit from the stork? As a mother, you ought to select a delivery option that suits your personality and health condition. Once you’ve narrowed down on the method by which your baby arrives into the world, the next step is to plan the location of the procedure.

In this article, we talk about the things to keep in mind when you’re due, and help you make a smart, informed decision about your childbirth.

5 Tips For Planning Your Baby’s Birth

  1. You have several options to choose from—vaginal birth, water birth, a Caesarean section, or a hypno birth. You may decide whether to have the delivery in a hospital or private clinic, or with a midwife at home.
  2. If this isn’t your first pregnancy, you must apply learnings from your previous experience.
  3. You need to keep in mind whether you are having twins or a baby with special needs in case of complications.
  4. As a precaution, base your decision on your age and any health conditions you might have.
  5. Choose according to the type of antenatal and postnatal care you wish to have available.

Where To Give Birth

  1. In The Hospital: This is an ideal option for anxious mothers who wish to have the best medical technology available on hand to allay any fears you may have about complications arising during the birth. Nurses, doctors, and diagnostic machines are all accessible immediately in case of an emergency that may occur. Think about the distance from your home as well as the costs and reputation of the hospital, which can differ from one institution to the other. Ask around and refer to testimonials before you choose. This option is a good one for a nervous first-time mother or if you suffer from high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes.
  2. At Home: If you are a very private person, you may not want random medical personnel checking your vitals and your privates every few minutes. A home birthing experience can be special and allows you to be surrounded by your loved ones for support and encouragement when you need it the most. Plan well in advance and keep a midwife on standby in case of complications, or if you need to be transferred to a hospital. Familiar, safe surroundings can be reassuring and help to make you feel less insecure. If you’re a healthy mother who has given birth before and is fully aware of what the birthing process entails, this option is a good one.
  3. At A Birth Center: The best of both worlds, a birth center combines the privacy and loving support of a natural, home birth with the latest in modern technology. They usually are staffed by certified and trained nurse-midwives but give the mother more power to choose how she wants the birthing process to ensue. These centers tend to have a healthy attitude to childbirth and treat it as a wonderful, miraculous life event, and less like a medical procedure.
  4. At A Clinic Run By Mid-Wives: There are few things more comforting than having a baby while being surrounded by warm, supportive and experienced women who can offer their advice and help when you’re at your most vulnerable. Clinics run by midwives are a wonderful option since they are as competent as a doctor. They usually contact the hospital for instructions about dispensing medication, running tests or even performing minor surgery if needed.

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Simona is a journalist who has worked with several leading publications in India over the last 17 years, writing on lifestyle topics and the arts, besides interviewing celebrities. She made the switch to public relations and headed the division as PR Manager at ITC Hotels’ flagship property, the ITC Grand Chola, but has since returned to her first love, journalism. Now she writes on food, which she is sincerely passionate about and wellness, which she finds fascinating and full of surprises. When she isn’t writing, she is busy playing the role of co-founder and communications director of The Bicycle Project, a six-year-old charity initiative that empowers tribal children in rural areas, while addressing the issue of urban waste.