In this section you can find out more about:
- birth preparation classes – as well as planning for the practical aspects of your baby’s arrival, some time spent preparing mentally, emotionally and physically for labour and birth may increase your chances of having the kind of experience you hope for.
In Belgium there are a variety of birth preparation classes on offer, including ‘general’ prenatal classes, prenatal physiotherapy and much more.
- doula support – from a greek word meaning ‘a woman at the service of another woman’, doulas provides emotional and physical support during pregnancy, birth (though this may depend on your choice of care provider and place of birth) and the postnatal period.
- writing a birth plan – exploring your own preferences for labour and birth can be another way of preparing, and writing a birth plan can help those looking after you better understand your needs and desires.