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What will my insurance cover?
(Web Page; Mon May 23 12:30:00 CDT 2016)
You will need to make some phone calls to answer this common question. First, call your chosen birth setting and be sure that it accepts your insurance. (Information on the website may be out of date, so a phone call is best.)
If your c...
Description: What will my insurance cover?
Collecting the Information You Need
(Web Page; Fri May 27 09:07:00 CDT 2016)
NOTE: For guiding decisions about care, Childbirth Connection gives priority to systematic reviews. These rigorous summaries of best available studies are the most trustworthy way to know the benefits and harms of specific practices.
Description: Choosing a birth setting that uses evidence-based practices is important and this section summarizes the research on different birth settings. In this section, you will also find tools to help you ask the right questions and gather the information you need to make your decision about where you want to give birth.
Is planning a VBAC or a repeat C-section safer for my baby?
(Web Page; Thu May 19 23:15:00 CDT 2016)
You may hear from some people that another C-section is safest for your baby. While it is true that the C-section scar can give way (uterine rupture) during labor, ensuring that a surgical team is readily available is an important precau...
Description: Is planning a VBAC or a repeat C-section safer for my baby?
Ten Tips for Taking Charge of Your Maternity Care
(Web Page; Fri May 27 11:42:00 CDT 2016)
Know your maternity care rights. Your rights may not be protected if you do not understand and exercise them. Learn more: The Rights of Childbearing Women.
Choose your maternity care provider and birth setting wisely. There are bet...
Description: If you only visit one page on this website, make it this one. It’s also a good starting place for jumping into this site. You will find many important tips for your maternity journey and links for learning more.
How can my spouse/partner help?
(Web Page; Fri May 27 12:14:00 CDT 2016)
If you have a spouse or partner, of course you want to help him or her prepare to support you in labor and birth, whether or not you will have additional support in the room. Here are some things you can do to prepare:
Talk about each...
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What is it like to work with a doula?
(Web Page; Fri May 27 12:13:00 CDT 2016)
A doula stays with you throughout labor. A doula usually meets with you before labor to learn your personal preferences, priorities or concerns, and stays with you until an hour or so after the birth of your baby to help get breastfeedin...
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Can I rely on nurses, midwives and doctors to offer labor support?
(Web Page; Fri May 27 12:15:00 CDT 2016)
Hospital-based providers may have difficulty giving you the best possible labor support for several reasons:
Background and education: Doctors' education focuses on diagnosing and treating problems and performing surgery. Nurses train...
Description: Can I rely on nurses, midwives and doctors to offer labor support?
Do I need a labor support specialist if I'm planning to use pain medication/an epidural?
(Web Page; Fri May 27 12:26:00 CDT 2016)
Even if you plan to use pain medication or get an epidural, having a labor support specialist can still be helpful because:
Women and their partners need information and emotional support. After all, even if pain is removed, you might...
Description: Do I need a labor support specialist if I'm planning to use pain medication/an epidural?
How can I choose a caregiver and birth setting that value labor support?
(Web Page; Fri May 27 12:28:00 CDT 2016)
So you’ve decided you want to have labor support when you give birth. Great! Here are some questions to ask as you are choosing your maternity care provider and birth setting:
Your maternity care provider:
Would the care prov...
Description: How can I choose a maternity care provider and birth setting that value labor support?
How can I find labor support specialists or doulas in my area?
(Web Page; Fri May 27 12:33:00 CDT 2016)
To find a local doula:
Get information and recommendations from area childbirth educators, maternity nurses, midwives, doctors, breastfeeding counselors and others who may be familiar with doulas and women who have worked them.
Description: How can I find labor support specialists or doulas in my area?