Planning for childbirth is becoming as common as planning a wedding. Birth options have recently improved and a lot of hospitals are becoming what is called baby-friendly. Women are empowering themselves and taking advantage of their options.
I mean who doesn’t love a good gender reveal? It builds the excitement for the baby and it’s a special moment that parents are letting us in on. But it’s still a fairly new trend so we’ve answered some common questions about gender reveal parties for expectant parents!
Here are some recommendations from our doulas:
- 2 pairs of comfy pajamas
- An outfit for going home: I recommend yoga pants!
- Two baby onesies
- A change of clothes for your partner
- Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash deodorant, lotion, body wash, wipes, hairbrush, hair ties, etc. Put them all in one cosmetic bag or Ziploc bag so they’re easy to find. (Check out these amazing Hatch Mama products)
- CHAPSTICK (You will never need it more in your life!)
- Granny panties: The more coverage and stretch the better. The hospital has amazing mesh underwear. Get you some!!!!!
- Nursing bra or sports bra: Again something comfortable and stretchy!
- Mac Daddy Pads: These pads are the biggest, thickest sanitary pads you can find. Some women like to use depends.
- Phone charger
- Birth plan: Your birth plan should be one page. Bring multiple copies (about 3-4). If you need help creating your birth plan, ask your doula to help you navigate through birth options.
Bonus item: A pair of slippers. Hospital floors can be cold. A pair of slippers may be nice to keep your feet warm when going in and out of the bathroom or when walking through the halls to relieve the pressure of contractions.
And after all of that hard work you deserve to sneak your child’s Halloween candy when they go to bed. I mean first of all, you have to check all of the candy to make sure it is safe for them to eat. Secondly, you have to have some of your old favorites that they probably won’t even like or appreciate!
I have a background in counseling, which comes in handy with my labor and postpartum clients. But at this moment it was necessary to use them on myself. Below I’ve listed some techniques that I use.
The photo shows Beyoncé holding the newborns as she is adorned in flowers. The photo is nothing less of fabulous. However, any woman who has had a baby knows that the postpartum period, known as the fourth trimester, is far from fabulous.
Having a baby is exciting, but can also be overwhelming. So, we’ve developed a simple guide to some must-knows for labor options and typical hospital routines and procedures. Below you can find an overview of key terms that can help you create a birth plan.
When I say, "I'm a doula," there's usually a pause of confusion. I"ve even had someone respond once by saying, "Hi Adoula. Nice to meet you. I'm Derrick.”
The word postpartum can give off such a negative vibe. People whisper it like a curse word or an infectious disease.
Now, let’s be real. My black friends think doulas are for “crunchy, granola white women.” Some of them think doula means only natural birth, hippies, and consuming placentas.