This is YOUR birth. YOU get to call the shots.

But thinking about it all can be a little stressful.

So in this lesson I'll help you work through the different aspects of birth so you can come up with your birth preference list (AKA your birth plan).

Be sure to use the course workbook when thinking through your birth preferences.

And just do a topic every day or two so you don't get too overwhelmed. We'll also talk about the role of fear in birth, and how you help alleviate any tensions you may be feeling.

Lesson 6: Owning your birth preferences + dealing with fear

Additional reading for this lesson—

  1. OBGYN or midwife, hospital or home? Your guide to decide how + where to labor
  2. 5 things to know before banking your baby's cord blood
  3. Why choosing home birth was right for us
  4. Write a letter to your baby

Meditations for relaxation/meditation before + during birth

'Dear Baby' guided relaxation + meditation mp3

Read our book!

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama is the pregnancy book women have been asking for. Inspired by our community and written by Diana Spalding (our midwife, who teaches this birth class), this book will guide you through every aspect of this journey with warmth and love.

The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama

You can order The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama at your favorite retailer:

Your birth class lessons—

Lesson 1: How your body in labor + the birth process works

Lesson 2: What happens when labor begins?

Lesson 3: What you need to know about active labor + pushing

Lesson 4: Your coping skills for labor + delivery (you've got this)

Lesson 5: How to handle interventions with ease

Lesson 6: Owning your birth preferences + dealing with fear

Lesson 7: How to rock your postpartum

Pregnancy + birth podcast:

Listen to Becoming Mama™: A Pregnancy and Birth Podcast by Motherly

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