- Keep in mind that no matter what type of birth you might prefer, the overall goal is to have a healthy baby and a healthy mother.
- Read educational books about Caesarean birth
- If desired, ask permission to have pictures and video taken of the birth.
- Learn as much as possible about the medication and anesthesia used during a Caesarean. Ask about medication options and the possible side effects for you and the baby.
- Practice the deep breathing and relaxation methods you learned in childbirth class. Use these to help calm you before the surgery.
- Parental participation: the drape is lowered and the head of the bed is lifted up just as the baby is about to be born, so the parents can watch.
- Shortly after delivery the baby is handed to mum for skin-to-skin contact.