Now that my baby has arrived, I wanted to share with you what I brought to the hospital with me. Not everything is essential, but the items below will cover all of your bases to be prepared for a natural birth. This reduces stress and makes the whole experience more comfortable.
Group B Strep (GBS), or Group B Streptococcus is a bacteria that lives in 25% of healthy women in the vagina or rectum. It is rare to occur (1 in 2000 babies in the US), but it is possible for a woman to pass this on to her baby during birth. Of women who test positive for GBS, 1 out of 200 of these babies who aren’t treated with antibiotics will get GBS. Read more
It is standard procedure to use a doppler to hear the baby’s heartbeat during every prenatal appointment with your doctor. It is also standard to have at least one ultrasound during pregnancy to determine the baby’s development. The question we should be asking is should we be using doppler and ultrasound as standard procedure during pregnancy? Read more