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Preparing for Delivery

By November 30, 2012

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The months of imagining, planning, and preparing will likely go by faster than you could imagine (though perhaps that last week will seem to drag along for mom). The excitement will build up to the day of your child's birth. No emotions can properly express the period of waiting during those last few weeks.

Undoubtedly, at this point you should know where you are having your baby - either at home, at a hospital, or a birth center. You may already know whether it will be a surgical birth (cesarean), whether your labor will be induced, or whether the mother prefers a natural birth. Whatever the case may be, your goal should be to have a safe birth, not just for the baby, but for mom too.

For some, your baby may be arriving when your birth mother goes in to labor. Depending on your level of interaction with her during the birth process, this chapter may help you to better understand the birth mother's needs. If your role will be limited, you may find that one of the adoption resources in the "Recommended Reading" section is more helpful to your situation than this particular chapter.

Keep in mind that there is no "one size fits all" for what a safe birth means. For one mother that safest birth option may be a natural birth, the next an induced birth, and the next a surgical birth. With educated guidance that considers the mother's personal medical history and the well-being of your unborn baby, you can make informed decisions about your care before, during, and after delivery.

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