Every expectant parent has a checklist of Do's and Don'ts leading up to the delivery. While some are more standard than others, such as creating a birth plan and creating a backup birth plan, there are things you can add on there that most parents won't think of.
Check out two rather unusual — but essential — preparations before you give birth to your bundle of joy:
Prepare Your Perineum
An episiotomy not only sounds unpleasant, but it can also be an unpleasant experience. Fortunately, it's no longer a standard part of childbirth, and is only done when necessary.
Want to skip it altogether? You can improve your odds by taking olive oil and massaging the area allowing it to stretch more and stretch better when the day arrives. You can start doing it at 36 weeks. You can even get your partner to help you out. It'll be a new (and unique) bonding experience for you two, cementing your bond even more as partners and parents.
Make Sure You're Legally Covered
According to the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR), one in over 9,000 babies born in the US acquire birth injuries. These instances may be grounds for medical malpractice. Whether you're in Washington or Atlanta, a birth injury attorney on call can save — or at least minimize — any grief you may encounter in case of injury to your newborn.
You and your partner should also familiarize yourselves with your rights during labor and childbirth. Most of these will be medical rights, such as your right to informed consent, right to refuse treatment, right to change your mind, as well as your rights as parents right after childbirth.
These may seem like unique preparations to go over, but as parents (whether for the first time or otherwise), you can never be too careful when it comes to welcoming your child into the world. When you've thought about everything before the day itself, you can concentrate your strength, energy, and excitement on the delivery.