There are many different ways of preparing for birth. We’re all different, and we all have our own way of doing things. There are countless books, blogs and courses available to help you.
Mother-of-two Klara Svensson did next to nothing to prepare for her first (vaginal) delivery, which explains why she was so motivated to be thoroughly prepared the next time!
She shares some empowering advice for those of you preparing for birth.
Preparing for birth: your empowerment checklist!
1. Teamwork rules!
Involve your partner/birthing companion as much as humanly possible. Giving birth together as a team makes it a much more wonderful and enjoyable experience.
2. Accept that (most likely) nothing will go (exactly) the way you plan.
It’s extremely important that you mentally prepare yourself to cope with unexpected developments. Nothing ever goes according to plan. This doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing.
3. Focus on yourself and what you need.
Don’t try to be helpful or please other people. Helpful people are dull. Put your own needs first, stand your ground and do what feels right for YOU. Your partner/birthing companion is your most important ally here. They are your rock.
4. Get more massages and cuddles!
You deserve oodles of massages, caresses and cuddles. From the moment you conceive until a long time after you give birth, to be precise. Loving physical contact is a fantastic and effective remedy for everything from mild panic to baby blues and pain.
5. At least consider taking an antenatal class.
When you’re preparing for birth, NEVER be too cool for school! (Editor’s note: Klara prepared for birth the first time by reading one book. Job done, or so she thought. Until that moment of rising panic in the maternity ward when she realized she had NO idea what to do.)
I’m a Swedish TV producer, and I have a podcast with my co-hosts Sofi Fahrman and Tove Norström about kids, careers, nostalgia, modern-day worries and so much more.
My best tip for new moms is to get a baby bouncer with a calming rocking movement. It’s truly a life-saver if you want time to yourself to grab a meal/take a shower/check Instagram/sit staring into space.