Birth Wish Lists!

So this week at The Baby Journey HQ – we have been thinking about Birth Wish Lists – what are they I hear you say……?!!??

Well, I have just been looking through an online shopping website and dreaming of buying a bikini (that cost more than my monthly mortgage repayment) – and it got me thinking about ‘wish lists’ You know the ones, you compile a list of luxury items, print it out and then leave it lying around the house waiting for your loved one to spot it and then ‘surprise’ you for your birthday….. it never seems to work out that way in my house!

We think that this process can be applied to birth – Here at The Baby Journey we don’t believe in rigid laminated birth plans (although they are splash proof!) – How can you plan something as unpredictable as Childbirth? We do however, really believe in educating yourself about what may happen during the process – this means that you can have your own Birth Wish List.
So, imagine that you have thought about some of the things that you would really like to happen at the birth of your baby, but a sequence of events takes place that is out of your control, and you don’t get some of the elements of you ‘birth wish list’ – but it’s not a problem, it still results in a beautifully wrinkled baby, that is all yours to take home! This is the most important thing to focus on.

Being Midwives, we know that the prospect of the unknown can be quite scary – so it’s good to prepare and familiarise yourself with what you might need to think about. For example, do you want your new baby to have Vitamin K when it arrives? Would you like the baby delivered straight onto your tummy for skin to skin or do you want it cleaned a bit first! Are you aware of all of your options for pain relief? Or do you want your birth partner to tell you the sex of your baby when it arrives in to the world?

It’s a really good idea to strike a balance in between educating yourself about birth and being able to relax and ‘go with the flow’ a bit. We know that for some people that it can be quite hard to accept the unknown – which is why we promote the Birth Wish List idea. So what might you put on yours?
Whatever you have on you wish list, whether it be an epidural or a homebirth – as long as you get your beautiful baby safely in your arms at the end of it all – then it will all be worth it (promise!)

If you feel that you would like to learn more about Birth and The Baby Journey course then why not get in touch with us? We run a 4 week pregnancy course at The Manor By The Lake in Cheltenham where will can equip you with your unique ‘toolkit’ of skills for dealing with your new bundle! We have places still available for our September and October courses.

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Have a great day! Love Jules & Hannah x