Expecting Moms Timeline

Click on the timeline below to access resources and learn more about pregnancy and birth.

Newly Pregnant

  • Understanding Your Options

    Do you know all of your childbirth options so that you can make the decisions that are right for you and your family?

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  • Educate Yourself

    Have you signed up for a childbirth education class, read any pregnancy and birthing books, watched documentaries yet? Get a sense of what birth options are available to you.

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  • 5 Steps to a Healthy Birth

    Do you feel overwhelmed by all the birth information? Start with these 5 steps to guide you through the process of making your decisions.

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Planning Your Birth

  • Your Birth Team

    Have you decided on your birth team? Use our provider network to find the best possible match for you.

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  • Your Birth Environment

    Where will you feel best supported and safest birthing? Start here to explore to your personal philosophy and vision for your birth.

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  • Preparing for Labor and Delivery

    Have you researched different labor coping strategies and pain management techniques? Use our provider directory to explore a birth doula, learn about epidurals and learn what feels right for you.

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Postpartum Health

  • Caring for your newborn

    What are the ways you want to bond and care for your baby immediately after birth? Learn more from our professionals.

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  • Breastfeeding and Beyond

    Do you want to make sure you have support for breastfeeding? Read our stories and find providers that can help with any of your questions or challenges.

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  • Caring for Yourself

    Have you remembered to plan good care techniques for yourself? Learn more on how new moms find ways to connect with other new moms and birth professionals to get the support they need in the early weeks.

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Educate Yourself

Pregnancy gives rise to a multitude of questions and choices. Empower yourself by learning what you need to know about pregnancy, labor, birth, postpartum health, and other pertinent topics.

At Choices in Childbirth, we believe that nothing is quite so activating as self-education. So greet yours with gusto—after all, knowledge is power. Learning it all can feel daunting, but getting started is easy.

Read a birthing book, sign up for a workshop, or watch this documentary on childbirth. There—you’ve just taken your first step! Next, reach out to expecting parents, providers, and birth organizations in your area to get fresh perspectives and build your birth community.

Start small, and let curiosity be your guide. Before you know it, you’ll be gaining an invaluable education…and making choices that fit your philosophy and desired experience.

Ready to get empowered? Start educating yourself today.

Books CiC recommends:

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer
The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin
From the Hips by Rebecca Odes and Ceridwin Morris
Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin
Pushed: The Painful Truth About Childbirth and Modern Maternity Care by Jennifer Block
Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein
Make the most of your c section: prepare for a more natural and personalized birth, by Mindy Brouse
The essential c section guide – pain control, healing at home, getting your body back, and everything you need to know about a cesarean birth, by Maureen Connolly and Dana Sullivan

Other Resources CiC recommends:

We don’t need no education: Are childbirth classes really necessary? (Babble.com Jan 2009)
Decoding childbirth ed classes (Babble.com Nov 2010)
5 Reasons women don’t like their childbirth class (Babble.com June 2011)
Interview with Ellen Chuse (CEAMNY)
Erica Lyon’s site, Birth 360


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