Birth in general can be daunting. Add the bright lights, the dozens of questions in triage, and a laboring mother in the height of her labor trying to navigate her hospital's policies and it can be overwhelming. Regardless, the mother and her partner are the one's in charge. And a lot of the guess work can be taken out of the big day by starting to communicate with your provider in advance. Come into these conversations as the decision maker and be aware of the type of language your care provider uses. Are they "not allowing" you to eat in labor in delivery? Start the conversations now to create an open dialogue. And ultimately, if you find a care provider that is not respecting your right to make decisions, there is always time to find someone else.
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