Expect Everything, Assume Nothing: Labor and Delivery for First-Time Moms

A mother touching her wombFirst-time moms concern themselves with a lot of things while preparing for the baby’s arrival. For example, they worry about whether the nursery is comfortable for their baby. They also worry about whether they have all the items necessary for taking care of a newborn.

Before you even think of those things, however, prepare yourself for labor and delivery – especially so if it’s your first childbirth. If you spend too much time mulling over post-delivery factors, you might be less than ready for the day when your baby finally arrives.

Screen the Hospital Facilities and Staff

Top-of-the-line medical facilities and a team of childbirth-trained staff make sure the labor and delivery go smoothly. They also ensure your personal safety and that of your baby’s while you are in the hospital. Having said that, screen the hospital facilities and staff thoroughly.

Rainy Lake Medical Center lists down some of the services that improve the safety and comfort of your birth experience:

  • Fetal monitors, x-ray, and ultrasound
  • Spinal and epidural anesthesia
  • Full-service surgery department and physician coverage
  • Professionally trained nursing staff
  • Comfortable labor, delivery, and recovery rooms.

Make sure your hospital features the aforementioned, and you are one step closer to a safe and comfortable childbirth experience.

Familiarize Yourself with the Birthing Process

As a first-time mom-to-be, you might have a few labor and delivery fears—and understandably so. You’ve never experienced childbirth, so you might worry about the baby getting stuck or needing an episiotomy and similar childbirth concerns.

Now, your obstetrician cannot totally assure you that these things will not happen. They can, however, educate you on the possible scenarios that may occur when you’re inside the delivery room.

Apart from x-rays and ultrasounds, set an appointment with your obstetrician to discuss the process of childbirth. They will demystify the beginning of labor (because no, it doesn’t always come with a gush of water between your legs) and explain how contractions work (because some moms-to-be have difficulty detecting them).

Furthermore, they will explain in detail how the baby will come out and what you can do to alleviate the pain that comes with childbirth.

Take some time to familiarize with the birthing process—and to screen the hospital, as well. This mentally prepares you for one of the most exciting yet challenging moments of a woman’s life.