Visualizing Your Ideal Birth
Everyone’s ideal image of birth is different. One mother may consider the perfect birth to be in a well-equipped hospital with an immediate epidural, and another mother may consider her perfect birth to be at home, with no drugs, and in a birthing pool. There’s nothing necessarily right or wrong about these different visions (although most people think their ideal birth is the best one!).
Every birth choice has its risks and benefits, but many birth choices have more to do with comfort and personal philosophy than statistics.
Don’t panic if you’re thinking, “But I have no idea what I want. I don’t even know what my options are!” Lots of moms and dads have no idea what they want at the beginning of the pregnancy. In fact, their “ideal birth” may change from pregnancy to pregnancy. As you find out more about birth and about birth plans, you’ll get a better idea of what you want.