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From Pregnancy to Due Date: 3 Most Important Things To Do To Prepare For Baby
It's easy to get caught up in the fun decisions during pregnancy, like decorating the nursery, but there are some serious decisions to be made before the due date that can affect the outcome of delivery and the health of your baby. One difficult part of planning for baby is finding a checklist of decisions that should be made, and then gathering the necessary information to make informed decisions. This article provides three top issues to be aware of and the resources to understand them. Issues such as cord blood storage, hiring a birth doula and researching the NICU level of the birth hospital are all important to understand when preparing for baby.
Copyright © 2015 Melis Ann
Checklist Item # 1: Hospital NICU Level
In early pregnancy, you see your Obstetrician and begin tracking your pregnancy. Before you get settled on an Obstetrician, however, you want to understand which hospital the doctor is associated with.
Hospitals where babies are delivered should have a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) that is qualified to handle complications that arise. There are many different levels of NICUs that define the level of expertise that a hospital is qualified to provide. The NICU level is directly related to infant mortality rate, affecting both premature and full-term babies.
- Research Hospital NICU Level and the Neonatal Nurse
The most important decision to make while pregnant is where you will give birth. Hospitals have NICUs that range in level of expertise that you need to understand before making that decision.
Checklist Item # 2: Birth Doula
During your second trimester, you will want to explore the idea of hiring a birth doula, or personal labor coach, to assist you during labor and delivery.
Studies show that having a doula present during labor helps decrease the duration of labor, rate of c-section, complications, medications and rate of postpartum depression. Doulas receive training and certification and are internationally becoming more popular.
- Hire a Birth Doula During Pregnancy to Have a More Healthy Childbirth Experience
Hiring a birth doula should be on your to-do checklist during pregnancy to plan for childbirth. Having a doula present is an important step whether planning a natural birth or expecting to use epidural anesthesia for pain during labor.
Checklist Item # 3: Stem Cell Banking
By the third trimester, you will want to understand the different kinds of stem cells that can be collected at your baby's birth and the different methods for storing them.
There are many conditions that can be cured using stem cells from umbilical cord blood that make this option an important consideration for the future health of your baby or another child in your family.
- Umbilical Cord Blood Banking: What to Know When Pregnant to Prepare for Baby
Cord blood banking and stem cells are both ever-changing issues. Discover the latest choices, warnings and resources to make an informed decision on banking newborn stem cells.
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Copyright © 2015 Melis Ann
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Prepare for Baby
Preparing for the birth of your baby is both overwhelming and exciting. It's important to research the details regarding issues such as hospital NICU level, hiring a birth doula, and storing baby's stem cells. Your doctor may bring up the opportunity for stem cell banking, however, you will want to do independent research on this topic to understand all of your options. Birth doulas and hospital NICU levels are not topics that your doctor will initiate with you at your prenatal visit, although your doctor will make a great resource to you on these topics if you ask. Knowing that you've taken care of important decisions that can affect your baby's health, you can relax, enjoy being pregnant, and focus on the fun parts of planning for baby.