Birth is a
natural process. Each labor is different and every woman
copes in her own way. It can be wonderful, and it can
also be difficult and tiring. It helps if the father or
someone else you trust can be with you during the labor
Most babies in California are born in a hospital. Many
hospitals let you choose the kind of birth you want and
have family and friends with you. Some women want to give
birth at home. Find out all you can about your choices.
After the birth, a baby needs
to be close to the mother. Breastfeed if you can.
It is the best way to nourish your baby, and it
helps you form a close relationship.
Baby Blues or Postpartum Depression?
It’s very common to feel tired and blue for a
week or two after your baby is born. But if you have
strong feelings of anxiety or depression, talk to your
doctor right away. These feelings can keep you from
having a close relationship with your baby. There are
medications for depression that are safe to take while
you’re breastfeeding. Call Postpartum Support International.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
Support During the Birth
Doctors and nurses cannot be
with you all the time. Plan to have someone stay with
you—the father, your mother, your sister, a friend
or a childbirth coach.
Learn about different positions for labor and
birth, and ways to breathe to help control the
pain. Many women want to give birth without pain
But learn about medications in case you want or
need them. Talk to your doctor, nurse-midwife
or childbirth educator. Call Mother and Infant
Health. Visit www.childbirth.org.
For low-cost health insurance for pregnant women
with low or middle incomes, call AIM Program.