Assembling Your Birth Team
Truth is: birth is a big deal, and it takes a lot of hard work. That means that having a supportive team behind you every step of the way is an important part of working toward the birth you dream about. In fact, research shows that continuous support to the laboring person has clinically meaningful benefits for both women and babies. Surrounding yourself with people who you trust and believe in gives you the space you need to feel safe and secure throughout labor.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help make assembling your birth team easier!
- What type of birth do you envision? This is important because depending on what you are wishing to experience, different people will be vital in assisting your birth vision.
- Where do you plan to give birth? Do you want a hospital birth, home birth, or birth center birth? Your location for birth will also determine who you add to your birth team.
- Who do you want in the room when you give birth? Some people like an intimate setting while others prefer a large support system. It is a good idea to think about who you want in the room and who will be necessary to help you have the birth you want.
Who can be on my birth team?
Depending on where you decide to give birth and the type of birth you envision, your medical professional can either be a Certified Nurse Midwife, Certified Professional Midwife, Licensed Midwife, or an Obstetrician.
A doula’s sole purpose is to provide physical, emotional, and informational support during labor. If you want an extra layer of support for both you and your whole family, doulas can be there to help advocate for you and to help express your wishes to your care provider.
A birth assistant is someone who assists the midwife in delivery. They can take care of charting and supporting the family to assure that everyone involved is taken care of.
Having your partner there is incredibly impactful to your birth experience. You share intimate connections with them, and they know what you need to feel safe and cared for.
Some people like to have mothers, sisters, or best friends in the room. It is important to remember that whoever you have in your birthing room should be there because they can help you progress your goals and birthing experience.
If you think you might want to add Birthways to your birth team, send us a message!