Prepare to Birth in Perth
Birth Matters. How we birth affects our entrance to motherhood, our mental and emotional health, how we connect with our loved ones including baby and how we feel about ourselves. Birth also marks the start of a time of enormous transition, when a woman becomes a mother (perhaps again) and maybe going from paid employment to being a full time mum, juggling new social circles such as mothers groups as well as important relationships with partners or existing children.
So if birth matters for so many reasons for so many women, then knowing how and being prepared to birth well must be so important. Before we delve into the how to prepare to birth in Perth, let’s start with a few interesting statistics about birthing in Western Australia that I think illustrates why it’s so important for women to have information available. (Statistics are from Western Australia’s Mothers and Babies 2013
What does this tell us? The statistics paint a picture of birth in Perth as a medical event that will more likely than not have some intervention involved. It tells us there are a lot of women out there who are recovering not only from the act of birthing but from surgical, chemical or instrumental intervention or often a combination of several of these. One thing that the stats don’t tell us are the outcomes following the birthing experience that impact on a woman’s health such as pelvic health problems, chronic pain, difficulty breastfeeding, scar tissue, wound healing as well as emotional and mental ill health caused by traumatic birth.
So how can you birth well in Perth?
1. Be well
2. Be informed
3. Know what you want
4. Build your supportive network
Birthing well (whether you birth vaginally or via caesarean) is more than just getting “a healthy baby”, it is emerging from the experience feeling empowered, respected, nurtured and confident in moving forward into motherhood. Being a mum is the toughest job in the world, so we need to set ourselves up (and access our supports to assist us to set ourselves up) for the best possible start.
You and your baby deserve it.
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