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Prepare for Delivery Day! {guest post}

As the arrival of your baby draws near, there are a number of important things to consider ahead of time to help stay as stress free as possible. And while the list can often seem long and overwhelming, preparing at least a few key items will help ease some of the anxiety and prepare you for the arrival of your child.

The Car Seat
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports three out of four car seats are improperly installed, causing injury in even the smallest of accidents.. Most cars on the road now have the LATCH system and the owner’s manual can show how to properly use the set of special anchors designed for car seats.  Once the seat is installed, drive the car to a local inspection station to have an expert confirm that installation is correct. A list of stations can be found online at the NHTSA website.  This is a great activity for the father-to-be, as it can help him get involved during a time when men may start to feel left out.

Options During Labor
A childbirth class is an excellent choice for learning about what to expect during pregnancy and delivery. The classmay provide instructions for breathingexercises that are effective and can be used throughout the labor process.  In addition, ways to help ease pain during labor, - such as using a laborball,listening to music, or taking pain medication - may be discussed in class. .

Cord Blood Banking
Hospitals usually have information on this service, but some parents aren’t aware of the option until they are in the hospital for labor and delivery. Take some time to research cordbloodbanking in advance so an informed decision can be made when the time comes. There are many potential medical uses for cord blood stem cells, and because the cord blood is retrieved from the umbilical cord after is has been cut, there is no risk to the baby or the motherduring the collection process

"This article was written by Katie Moore. Katie is an active writer within the blogging community who discusses maternity, motherhood, prenatal health, childbirth and other topics within this niche.  If you have any questions or would like to connect with Katie please contact her via twitter @moorekm26."


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