Prenatal Visits

As a doula, I do nothing clinical — that’s right, no vaginal exams, blood pressure checks, or temperature readings. So what are prenatal visits all about?

Couch San Jose Doula

Prenatal visits are a chance to get to know each other, but importantly include the following discussions:

  • How to prepare your body for birth and recovery, and stable pregnancy, through alignment, movement, and daily practices
  • Your birth options and preferences
  • Care providers and delivery options, if you have not yet made these choices
  • Risks and benefits of birth options about which you have questions
  • Birth physiology and stages of labor
  • Positions for optimal labor progress
  • Preparation for the unexpected
  • Pain management
  • Comfort measures for pregnancy and labor (including demonstration and practice)
  • Ways your partner can support you
  • Ways I can support you and your partner
  • Your postpartum plan
  • Preparing your body for labor and postpartum recovery
  • Anything else you have questions, comments, or concerns about regarding your birth and baby!
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