Giving birth during the Holiday Season adds a whole new dimension – not only because of the festivities, but also to the choices available around childbirth.
The challenges of being pregnant or having a newborn is something that I've mentioned in my previous posts. I just believe that giving birth during the holidays warrants a whole new blog post! So here goes my thoughts ...
One thing that is often not talked about is that the outside pressure of the holidays may influence the choices for childbirth offered to pregnant women or the way they are presented. Women may also find that there is additional pressure from visiting family members (conscious or otherwise).
This may sound a little unbelievable, but a quick Google search will show that many women are worried about giving birth on Christmas Day and are being “offered the choice” of an induction. The following statement was provided by one of the articles I read online:
“At my appointment yesterday the doctor suggested I be induced on my due date as I will be out of hospital by Christmas and he will be on holidays from the 22nd.”
To paraphrase a common saying:
“Christmas is not a complication of pregnancy”
- What are your individual risk/benefits for an induction?
- How will things change if you give birth before the holiday? What about after the holiday?
- How will things change if your birth didn’t go to plan and you needed surgery? Do you have support for the recovery period of up to 6 weeks?
- Do you know what support services are available for the following weeks?
If you’d like to read a bit more about the induction process, here’s some links to get you started:
On another note, you may find that some services are closed over the holiday break for a short time. There’s nothing worse than being in the middle of a breastfeeding crisis and finding that the child health centre isn't open for another few days.
Make sure you find out when and what is available during this time. I’m available for all pregnancy, birth and newborn support during these holidays (2014) so don’t forget to add me to your list!
Feel free to send me a message or to contact me at 0439 220 041 if you would like to know more about childbirth and doula services for the holidays. I would be happy to answer your questions if you are having a difficulty making a decision about giving this Christmas season.
More Helpful Links:
Pressure to give birth?
About the process – not the risks: