Taking childbirth classes is often low on the priority list and may even get bumped off in light of more demanding items. I would like to suggest that you move this line item up to the top.
Choosing the right person to provide support at such a sensitive and important time in your life is not so hard as one might think—trust your intuition. Here are a few doula interview questions to get you started informing that gut check
Yep—I’ve never met a pregnant person who preferred a three day induction over an efficient eight hour, “let’s do this” sort of birth. But most people seem to think there’s little they can do to help ensure they have a smooth labor.
By spending more time with mom and not getting whisked away for a bath, newborns benefit. “A delayed newborn bath was associated with increased likelihood of breastfeeding initiation and with increased in-hospital breastfeeding rates."