Advocating for Yourself During Labor and Delivery - Ruth Health

Advocating for Yourself During Labor and Delivery

Giving birth can be one of the most intense experiences in your life. It’s a time when you are at your most vulnerable, and it is extremely important that you feel supported and heard. If there is a point when you feel like your provider is not listening to your concerns, it will be necessary to advocate for yourself. This can be crucial to ensure that your wishes are respected and that you have a positive birthing experience. Let’s discuss the best ways to advocate for yourself during labor and delivery.

Speak up

It is important for you to speak up and communicate your wishes during pregnancy and throughout your birthing experience. This can be done by having an open and honest conversation with the medical professionals involved in your birthing process. You can and should be clear about your expectations and preferences. A written birth plan can be a beneficial tool to help guide your conversation with your provider. You should also ask questions and voice any concerns you may have. It is important to remember that medical professionals are there to help and support you, and your personal wants should be considered by everyone on your team.

Feeling nervous?

Not everyone is comfortable speaking up in a medical setting. If you are a timid person, it is important to have a support system in place to help you. This could be a partner, a friend, and/or a doula. A doula is a trained professional who provides emotional and physical support during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. A doula can also act as an advocate to ensure that your wishes are clearly communicated and respected throughout your birthing process.

Create a birth plan

A birth plan is a document that outlines your preferences for labor and delivery. It is important to discuss your birth plan with your medical provider(s) as early as possible. This will help ensure that everyone is on the same page when it comes to your preferences, and allow you time to find a more aligned provider if needed. A birth plan can also be a useful tool for advocating for yourself during labor and delivery. It is important to remember that a birth plan is a guide and that it may need to be adjusted depending on the circumstances.

Doula support

A doula can be an invaluable resource when it comes to advocating for yourself during labor and delivery. A doula can provide emotional support, physical comfort measures, and can help you communicate your wishes to medical professionals. Doulas are trained to support the birthing person in whatever way they need and can be an important part of the birthing team.

We’re here to support you

At Ruth Health, we understand that nobody knows what you need better than you. We deliver expert, evidence-based maternal advice so that you can make the best decisions for yourself.

Not sure where to start? Book a 1:1 consultation with one of our certified doulas to help you strategize, work through your birth plan, decide what questions to ask your care team, or even just prepare mentally!

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