You’re expecting your first baby…Congratulations! Now you are feeling overwhelmed with all the information you don’t know about this process. Here are some places you can gather information and prepare for baby.
Google-One of the first places expecting parents go for answers to their questions is the internet. The great thing about google is there is so much information available. The downside is that there can be conflicting information and its is difficult to know if the information you are reading is credible.
Family and friends-Speaking to family and friends about their personal experience is another common place expecting parents go for direction. The challenge is most of our family and friends have a limited experience and sometimes you can feel worried if the experience is not the same or not your ideal.
Trade Shows-This can be a wonderful way to learn about baby products and services that are available to new parents. The BabyTime Show is the best and biggest show that takes place twice a year. In April it is held at the International Centre and in November it is held downtown at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. There is A LOT of information available at these shows so make sure you do not allow it to overwhelm you.
Experts-The best place to get information about pregnancy, birth and life with new baby is from someone who has a huge amount of information. The challenge is that experts are not always easy to contact with questions. One way to learn from experts is to hear them speak at events. The BabyTime Show has an exciting lineup of experts that speak on many subjects that new families are interested in. Take a look at the speaker schedule and don’t miss the many talks that Helping Hands Doula presents at the show.
Classes-Prenatal classes are one of the best known ways to prepare for baby’s arrival. There are many different kinds of classes. Hospital prenatal classes, Hypnobirthing, Birthing From Within, Lamaze and Private Prenatal Classes just to name a few. At Helping Hands Doula we specialize in private in-home prenatal classes so our clients can feel comfortable asking and discussing all the questions and topics they want to know about.
Reading-Reading actual books before baby comes may seem like a bit old school. However it is a wonderful way to learn many different approaches to pregnancy, birth and parenting in your own time. It is a good idea to read differing approaches so you can get an idea of what might feel right for you.
Doulas-By far, hiring a helping hands doula is the best way to weed through all the information surrounding pregnancy, birth and parenting. Doulas have a vast knowledge and experience level that can help you find your own comfortable groove.
Private prenatal meetings with your doula help you feel comfortable asking your questions. Your doula is also available 24/7 to answer those questions about pregnancy or labour that would be overwhelming to google. Having your doula at your birth is like having your prenatal class instructor with you every step of the way to guide you. After baby arrives it is wonderful to have your doula available for the “on-the-job” training in your new role as parents.
Contact us today to find out more about how a doula can help you enjoy your experience becoming new parents and lower your anxiety by information overload!