- Creation of a birth plan (birth with or without epidural, partner’s role, desires, secure environment, breast or bottle feeding…)
- Physiology of the birth/feminine anatomy
- When to leave for the hospital/birth center
- Coping techniques for the contractions, labor positions, relaxation exercises
- Epidural: How, when, why, pros and cons
- Birth positions
- Immediate post-partum
- Physiology of the lactation
- Breastfeeding positions/ bottle feeding
- Pathology: Induction/C-section/forceps/breech/episiotomy
- Baby care
- Prenatal and postpartum perineum care
in order to establish a trustful relationship and prepare yourself for the big day
- Create of a birth plan according to your wishes and desires- Review labor and birth positions
- Talk about breast-feeding
- Answer your questions
- Prepare yourself for the birth (partner's role, when to leave for the hospital...)
Starting when you decide (at home after the very first contractions, or at hospital/birth center directly), ending when you are transferred to the Post-partum unit (2 hours after the birth). This includes:
- Physical support throughout the birth: labor positions, coping techniques for labor, respect of the physiology of the labor and birth, massage, acupressure, walking, hydrotherapy...
- Emotional support all along the labor, help to understand what is medically happening, respect of the birth plan when possible, relaxation exercises, making sure your partner is actively involved
- Communication with the medical staff
- Help for the first breast or bottle feeding right after the birth, skin to skin.
I offer 1 post-natal home visit in the first week after the birth in order to make sure everyone is all right:
- Answer questions about the birth
- Tips for breast/bottle feeding, newborn care, mother care...
- Techniques for managing the baby’s cries
- Set up the new environment
I’ll stay in San Francisco for this period of time to be sure to join you on time the birth day
Phone and email contact throughout your pregnancy to answer questions and make you feel confident.