Congratulations! You have a baby on the way! Your emotions are probably running rampant as you process the news that you’re about to become a parent. Don’t worry, it’s normal. You can help yourself remain calm by preparing your life and home for your baby’s arrival, and our tips will show you how.
In Ontario, families can choose between the care of an Obstetrician or a Midwife (both covered under OHIP) for the medical side of their pregnancy and delivery and a doula for emotional support and education.
The key is to find practitioners and professionals who have experience, come highly recommended, and align with your perspective on pain relief. For tips on choosing an OB-GYN or midwife, check out Judy Koutsky’s article in Parents Magazine.
When you hire a doula, you get continuous labor support, including emotional support, physical support, and informational support.
According to Evidence Based Birth, women who work with doulas and receive continuous labor support are “more likely to have spontaneous vaginal births and less likely to have any pain medication, epidurals, negative feelings about childbirth, vacuums or forceps-assisted births, and Cesareans.” These women also have shorter labor times, and their infants are less likely to have low Apgar scores. Furthermore, women who work with doulas are less likely to develop postpartum depression.
Do your best to set up an emergency cash reserve and as many automatic savings or debt payments as possible. Finally, consider life insurance and ensure your coverage equals ten times your yearly income or more to help cover future expenses.
Babyproof Your Home
It’s helpful to babyproof before the baby arrives because new parents are sleep deprived, and you may forget to tackle some babyproofing projects because of it. Babyproofing your home should include securing heavy items like televisions, bookshelves, and dressers to walls, eliminating wobbly furniture that poses hazards to a crawling baby, and securing throw rugs with carpet tape.
Crawl on your hands and knees to get a baby’s perspective on your home and be sure to remove sharp materials that are not in their proper location. Store medication in a high medicine cabinet and lock cleaners, detergents, and other toxic substances in a cabinet that your baby cannot access.
Schedule Help Ahead of Time
You have a lot to do when you’re expecting. Begin by finding resources and support, including medical practitioners and a doula. Then, address your financial issues and babyproof your home. Savvy new parents schedule help ahead of time, too.
Thank you to our guest blogger Daniel!
Daniel is a single dad raising two children. At DadSolo.com, he aims to provide other single dads with information and resources to help them better equip themselves on the journey that is parenthood.