*This post was originally published on The Modern Mumsy, our former doula blog. Additionally, this post was published for the Huffington Post.*
Baseball season is coming to an end and the Boston Red Sox are ending the regular season with a bang! They are currently in first place in the AL standings with a 92-64 record. Did you know birth is a lot like baseball? If you want to hit a home run during delivery, keep reading because I am going to give you my top 5 tips for hitting a home run in the delivery room! These tips can be applied to any type of birth and can even be applied to your pregnancy and parenting journey.
- Scout out a strong (birth) team: A good team is essential on the field and during child birth. Find providers that are amazing, a doula that will be a strong support and a facility that makes you feel comfortable. Don’t forget to get your partner (or other family and friends) in on the action too.
- Train: Becoming a professional ball player doesn’t happen overnight. Players train during the off season and you should too! I’m not saying you should go out and train hard at the gym (unless you were already doing so) but I am encouraging you to get some physical activity a few days of the week. Even walking or nesting counts! In addition, part of training is learning about the sport. It’s nice to have general knowledge about pregnancy and birth so that you can be prepared for the big day!
- Practice: Taking a good childbirth education class and working with a doula can help you become more familiar with comfort measure techniques and customized strategies for you to use during labor and birth. Even if you’re having a scheduled caesarean, you can still practice a run through of the day and create a plan for your recovery.
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