When you think about childbirth, chances are the word "pain" is one of the first that comes to mind. While it's normal to feel a little apprehensive as you near the end of your pregnancy, some women can experience intense fear that makes them dread delivery and could actually affect their labor.
For all you type-A moms-to-be, creating a birth plan is a great way to organize your thoughts and help put you in charge of your delivery. "It can also make you aware of options you didn't know existed," says Mary Murry, director of Nurse Midwives at the Mayo Clinic. Your birth plan can be as simple or as detailed as you like. The goal is to open lines of communication with your doctor, doula or midwife and make sure you don't overlook anything that may be important to you during labor.
When it comes to naming their offspring, celebrities always try to steer clear of the norm. But if Jermajesty (son of Jermain Jackson) and Blue Angel (daughter of The Edge from U2) are a little too out there, you can always stick with the trends and opt for what’s popular.
Hypnobirthing is a life-changing program, as well as a program for a better birth, says Jennifer Elliott, a certified hypnotist, doula and childbirth educator in Toronto. Here’s how to tell if it’s the right childbirth method for you.