I’m an information person. When I have a question or find something interesting, I research it a lot. This means that I know a lot of weird and useless things. I’m the person who will read Wikipedia articles on obscure subjects for fun. I’ve also found myself watching weird PBS documentaries about beavers or the flight pattern of monarch butterflies. I’m telling you, I’m a riot to have at parties where I talk about some of this weird stuff. 😉
These things are silly, of course. When it comes to birth, I see one of my main jobs as a doula to answer questions and help the families I work with know more. When you’re in your provider’s office, often they don’t always give you all of the information. This isn’t a malicious thing on their part, I don’t think. The practitioners are just doing their every day jobs– most are perfectly happy to answer questions their patients have. What I’m finding, though, is that clients don’t even know what questions to ask. I always recommend that expecting parents take a birth class to educate themselves about what normal birth is and what to expect. The more you know about birth the more you are able to articulate your questions and fears. The more questions you ask, the more you’ll be able to evaluate if your provider is on board with the type of birth choices you want to make.
When you have all the information you can feel confident in your choices and like an active participant in your maternity care. Knowledge is power.