Matters to consider in advance about giving birth

It is a good idea to go through your expectations in advance with your spouse or another person who will be present at the birth. Often all you need is to think about these matters and discuss them, but you may also write down things that are important to you.

Here are some things you may consider:

  • What do you expect from giving birth? What kind of thoughts does childbirth raise in you?
  • Who would you like to be with you in the delivery room? Who can support you best during labour?
  • What kind of pain have you experienced previously in your life? How do you approach pain?
  • What kind of labour pain relief would you like? What could you do to relieve pain yourself?
  • What kind of things help you to relax? What makes you feel safe?
  • What does your support person expect from childbirth? What kind of thoughts does childbirth raise in the support person?
  • How can your support person help you? What do you expect of your support person during labour? How does the support person respond to your pain?
  • What kind of support do you expect from your midwife?
  • How would you like the first moments with your baby to be?
  • Do you have experience of little babies? What kind of guidance and support would you like to receive in the maternity ward?