So you’re nervous about delivery: Now what?

You can do this!

If you’re due to give birth soon, your brain is probably trying to balance a sense of inner calm with those freak-out moments you can’t help but have. Squelch your fears about welcoming your new arrival with these tips from Dr. Allison Hill, author of “The Mommy Docs’ Ultimate Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth.”

Tell your doctor what you are nervous about
“You may have heard a story or rumor from a friend that left you scared of childbirth,” notes Dr. Hill. “By discussing it with your doctor, you may find that the story is just a myth.”

Have a birth plan
But be flexible. “You should think about what your ideal birth looks like and communicate that to your doctor,” says Dr. Hill about this all-important game plan. “But always know that your birth may take a different route — and the new plan may be equally amazing.”
 
Consider hiring a doula
“She may be a certified birth assistant or simply a close friend,” says Dr. Hill. “Your doula will help you stay relaxed and feel supported during your magical event.”
 
Get advice from other new moms and trusted friends
“Someone who has recently gone through the experience will have lots of helpful hints for what to bring to the hospital, how to know you are in labor or how to prepare the baby’s new home,” says Dr. Hill.

Keep the communication open with your partner
Although all eyes will be on you, “remember he may be even more nervous than you are,” she says. “The two of you are a team, but he may not know what you need unless you tell him.”

 



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…