Everyone reads the same books, websites, etc. before they have their first baby but here is another thing you can do to help prepare. A good friend of mine who is due with her first baby in May sent out an e-mail to friends and family who have already had babies. She sent a list of questions that she wanted us to think about and answer so that she could draw from our stories to help her mentally, physically and emotionally prepare for the birth of her baby girl. I thought this was an amazing idea and wish I had done something like this before I had my first. You can get so much great information from books but sometimes it helps to hear real experiences from people you know. Here are some of the questions that she asked and I am sure there are many more to add based on what you feel you need.
-What helped you most when you gave birth?
-What was your spiritual experience of giving birth?
-If you could do it over again, what would you do the same?
-Is there anything you would do differently?
-What do you wish you had known beforehand?
This won’t help you with the actual birth but one piece of advice I read on The Bump when I was pregnant was to take the baby book with you to the hospital. Have it handy and bookmarked to the correct page and when they do your baby’s footprints for the birth certificate or hospital record have them do the footprints in the baby book as well. They do it everyday so it will come out looking good and saves you the trouble and mess of doing it when you get home!
Please comment and let everyone know what questions you would add or put on a list.