Phone Number * Partner's Phone Number Partner's Email Names of any additional birth support Do you have any religious or spiritual beliefs you'd like me to be aware of? What is your favorite way to relax?
Whether it’s bubble-baths and true crime podcasts or exercise, how do you prefer to relax?
What are some activities you might be drawn to do during a long labor?
This is more a hint to start thinking about it than a serious question, but I have brought card games to births before. Video games, movies, dancing, and cooking might all be things to consider.
What has your pre-birth preparation looked like?
List any classes you’ve taken, blogs, books, or podcasts you’ve found helpful, etc
Would you like recommendations for classes? In what ways do you visualize my support in the prenatal time?
This can look so different depending on the client! Some clients like chatting over text every few weeks and others want to call after each checkup. There is no wrong answer!
Do you (or your other birth support) have any allergies I should be aware of? *
Especially food allergies! I pack snacks to bring to births and I want to make sure you are safe!
Do you have any pregnancy or health issues I should be aware of? *
I am not a medical provider, so please only share if you’re comfortable doing so.
What does your ideal birth look like?
This is different than a birth plan- what is your birth vision? You can be as specific or vague as you would like. Example: “I go into labor on a Sunday morning and have a lazy early labor time before going to the hospital in the afternoon. I have a quick, easy labor, and go home Monday afternoon.” Or, as another example: “Induction, epidural, music playing!”
How do you and your partner see their role during your birth?
Each partner has a different comfort level when it comes to birth support. Some love to be very hands on and involved, others wish they could wait outside. I never want to replace your partner so having an idea of their desired level of participation is very helpful. It’s totally okay if you don’t know or if they’re undecided.
How do you visualize my support during your birth?
Obviously this is subject to change, but knowing if you’re hoping for hands on support, guidance, help with hypnosis, or coaching you and/or your partner is a great starting point. It’s also totally okay if you don’t know yet!
How can I best support your partner during your birth?
This ties into both of the above questions but is a bit more specific, and I would love if your partner would answer this. Some partners want a coach, others want a teammate. I’m 100% on board with either of those and open to other options.
In the time immediately after birth, how do you visualize my assistance?
This can look like reminding staff of your preferences, helping with comfort measures during the birth of your placenta, breastfeeding assistance, and so many other things. It can even mean running to grab you a milkshake and feeding you.
What sort of support would you like postpartum?
I try to schedule our postpartum visit within the first two weeks of the birth. I’m happy to help with feeding concerns, babywearing education, light housework, and more. I also often give you some self care such as a foot rub.
Do you have any questions or concerns you'd like to go over?