Questions to ask Doctor when pregnant
Do you dare to ask questions to Doctor about your choices for Childbirth?
A Natural Childbirth is your Birth Right as a Woman – Trust Yourself & Ask your Doctor
Many women never plan about questions to ask doctor when pregnant. Sujata was very happy to have her final check up before one week of her due date. Everything was as normal as it should be from blood pressure, sugar levels, level of amniotic fluid, size, position & weight of her baby. She never felt need to understand or question anything that doctor told her through out the pregnant. She was on the 7th heaven expecting & imaging her natural childbirth procedure. The day arrived and as soon as her water bag broke she rushed to the hospital. For some reason, labor could not progress for first three hours. Her cervix was not dilated enough and instead of waiting for more time, doctor directly suggested to go for C-section without even trying any induction medications. Sujata was told that her baby might be feeling stressed and C-section is the best choice. What would have been your choice if you are in place of Sujata?
It is very likely and common that in any emergency situation of childbirth you will trust your doctor completely. You will also think that this was the only choice you had for the best interest of your baby. Why so? The reason being, many of us are not aware about the whole natural childbirth and labor related procedures. You have never really thought or planned for questions to ask doctor when pregnant. Do we know why a doctor decides to perform a C-Section without even waiting for normal delivery? Is the situation really so grim & serious or is it just a time saver for convenience at both the ends? Why mothers choose to go for planned C-section rather than trusting her body to deliver a baby naturally?Why mothers choose to go for planned C-section rather than trusting her body to deliver a baby… Click To Tweet
Is it again a convenience or fear of labor in? Research have shown that, fear of unknown drives women in to opting for planned C-section. There can be thousands of scenarios for each situation as each pregnancy and each delivery is different. So, how do we come out of this fear?
“The unknown is not what to be afraid of, it’s only when the unknown becomes known that one can decide whether to be afraid or not.” -M Peterson
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Educate, Educate & Educate yourself prior to ChildBirth, that is the best way to be prepared to make the right decision at any time.
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Questions to ask doctor when pregnant / Questions to ask at first prenatal Visit
Starting from choosing the best health care provider to actually deciding about the delivery, labor positions, birth and after care, you are the main participant for the final decision making.
Let’s collect the courage to know our choices. Be informed and follow it to experience the best motherly feeling we can ever have in this life time-A natural childbirth.
1. Who will be health care provider for me and my baby?
2. What are the facility & support I will get at the hospital?
3. What all will be the procedures including risk and benefits during labor?
4. What do I want at different stages of labor, pushing and at the time of Childbirth?
5. What do I want for my baby after birth based on baby’s condition?
You can check out this book 1000 Questions about Your Pregnancy for more questions and answers regarding your pregnancy and beyond.
How to write birth plan?
You must be clear regarding your and doctor’s expectations after preparing & discussing your list of questions to ask doctor when pregnant. After thorough discussion and weighing in all options, you & your partner will be ready with answers to all the above questions. This will become your childbirth plan. You may want to share this with your care provider and discuss your choices and options. Be careful about points while preparing your childbirth plan.
- Make it simple & short
- Make it arranged the way pregnancy progresses
- Use the positive language
- Allow the flexibility and any emergency situation
- Only write down the issues that are most important for you to have safe and happy natural birthing experience
We need to understand a basic fact that “Do we spend as much time choosing our care provider as we do to buy a car or a house?” Or do we take this most important decision completely based on some external influence?Do we spend as much time choosing our care provider as we do to buy a car or a house? Click To Tweet
Every intervention through out pregnancy childbirth has its own risks and side effects. It is always beneficial for parents to educate themselves and ask questions. It is mother’s right to get all the answers to make an informed decision. It is care provider’s responsibility to be unbiased and provide all the information and complete pieces of the puzzle for any procedure or treatment.
o. Now, Sujata & her husband had thought & prepared about questions to ask doctor when pregnant. So, Sujata & her husband prepared a childbirth plan and being informed about procedures and childbirth options, she suggested doctor the same. They were ready to wait for natural birth for little longer and the patience paid off. Within next one hour, her contractions started and in next 30 minutes of hard pushing and with complete control of her choice, Sujata delivered a full term healthy & beautiful baby girl weighing 7 lbs. We regularly meet & educate women like Sujata under our PreganncyDost way Prenatal & Childbirth Class at Ahmedabad Center and through Live Online Pregnancy Education program.
So Be positive, affirmative, informed and sure to ask questions when in doubt and take charge of this wonderful birthing process in your hands; after all you are not just the passenger in this journey, you are the main force behind this!
Do share your ideas, doubts and questions about natural childbirth planning with us in the comments section below and our experts will be happy to help you. If you need help preparing your childbirth plan or have any question related pregnancy, your friendly PregnancyDost counselor is just one click away through our e-Consult program.
“Childbirth is the most natural and ancient things to occur, the fact is 95% of babies are delivered in the hospitals and huge percent are C-Sections is rather telling to our detachment from the process” – Aaron Wolf