PREGNANCY & DELIVERY CONSIDERATIONS FOR A GENTLE BIRTH
"Be willing to speak up for what you want, and do not make compromises that you are not comfortable with."
First, consider the kind of pregnancy and birth experience you want. Then make sure you and your doctor agree on the birthing process.
When initially calling a physician's office, make it clear that you want an interview, and be willing to pay for the visit. Also, when you approach the physician, make reasonable requests. But if it is your desire to do so, seek some freedom within the bounds of good obstetrics. Work with your obstetrician, but do not give up on a gentle birth plan if you seek it. This is your birth experience.
Consider the following questions as a guideline in interviewing your physician:
Dr. Cole believes in a coordinated, multi-discipline birth team approach. In addition to the obstetrician and pediatrician, consider the following specialists' involvement: Nurse Midwife; Childbirth Educator; Chiropractor; Nutritionist; Massage Therapist; Hypnotherapist; Acupuncturist; Spiritualist; and a Doula.