How to Keep Normal Labor Normal – Part 9 – Preparation

Woman's Health
This blog series is designed to help women who are developing a birth plan join together with like-minded birthing professionals so as to have a shorter and safer labor and birth. Although written primarily for professional birth attendants, I hope information will be helpful to lay women planning their birth. Today we’ll look at the seventh “P” of my 10 “P’s” of keeping labor shorter and birth safer — patient preparation (or psyche prep). Most maternity care givers seem to accept the proposition that a prepared patient is infinitely preferable to an unprepared one.  The literature in this area is best summed up by saying that “all patients should receive basic (prenatal) education...”(5)  If a care giver helps or encourages a woman to prepare an individualized birth plan, the literature…
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