Chapter 5 Resources – Preparation

Choice and Accountability

What Can Women Do to Have the Best Birth Possible?

You cannot control everything about your birth, but there are a few things you can do to better prepare yourself:

  • Choose a care provider and birth location carefully. (See “Unity with Providers of Care,”)
  • Educate yourself and know all of your options as well as your rights. (See “Free to Choose”)
  • Hire a doula. Having a support person with you who is familiar with birth can be very helpful and can increase your chance of having a positive birth experience. (Refer to “Benefits of Having a Doula,”)
  • Study, Ponder and Pray.

Birth Plans

Mother-Centered Baby Showers



  • Mother Rising: The Blessingway Journey Into Motherhood by Yana Cortlund, Barb Lucke, and Donna Miller Watelet
  •  Blessingways: A Guide to Mother-Centered Baby Showers – Celebrating Pregnancy, Birth, and Motherhood by Shari Maser

Emergency Preparedness

Creating a Sacred Cesarean Section

Family Centered Cesarean Link from ICAN

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