Welcome to Sergio Sexton Ferrara! Congratulations to his parents Brandy and Brent.
In honor of the birth yesterday (Leap Day) of my godson’s first child, I’m offering this article written by Katie Moore.
Preparing to give birth is an exciting time for every mother, whether new or experienced. Making a plan for delivery day and immediately following can ease any nerves and help with being able to fully focus on the joy of welcoming a new baby into the world.
One of the more mundane but very important preparations is gathering the necessary documents and paperwork. In a small and easily accessible bag, pack a photo ID, insurance card, hospital paperwork, birthing plan, and extra cash for parking and snacks. Pack a toiletry bag that includes a toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, and any beauty essentials that would be helpful to have on hand, such as makeup or hair accessories. Make sure to bring a nursing bra and nursing pads if planning to breastfeed.
As far as clothing, the hospital provides a gown and socks. However, clothing from home is perfectly fine. Be sure that all sleeves allow for quick access to a blood pressure cuff. Keep in mind that your clothes will most likely get dirty and should be loose enough to accommodate a postpartum belly. Comfort is key.
A few extra items from home, such as a favorite pillow, a book, some music, or a few snacks may also help comfort you. Do not forget a phone and camera to contact people and capture all of the new memories of this unforgettable experience. It is also a good idea to designate a contact person who will field calls and post photos or information about the baby when he or she arrives. This person can also be responsible for arranging for visitors to stop by if desired.
For the baby, the hospital will provide many essentials like diapers and receiving blankets but it’s good to have your hospital bag packed with similar items. Having a going home outfit for both mother and baby are other important items to pack.
Many mothers have a birthing plan or at least an idea of how they would like the delivery process to unfold. While it is a good idea to have expectations, it is critical to realize that things often do not go exactly according to plan. For most women, the plan get altered, but the result is still a beautiful, new baby to love and cherish. Besides writing out your preferences of what pain medications you would and would not like to use and other preferences of your delivery room, note which optional procedures you’d like done during and after delivery. If you decide to have your baby’s cord blood collected for example, the birth plan is a great way to reiterate that to your medical team. Cord blood banking is the process of collecting and storing your baby’s cord blood for potential use in a future medical treatment.
After all of these details are laid out, it is important for a mother to focus on the most important thing, delivering a healthy baby. Trusting that your medical and support team have your and your baby’s health and happiness in mind will allow you to relax and welcome your baby into the world.
This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, parental health, childbirth and other topics within this niche. If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact her via Twitter: @moorekm26