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Giving birth at Christmas

Annabelle Lombard
Plan your way to a merry delivery
In this article we will look at:
  • Are there more risks to giving birth during Christmas?
  • Who will take care of you and your baby?
  • How do you deal with the pressure?
  • Have you made necessary lists?
  • What can you do to enjoy Christmas?
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The idea of delivering a Christmas baby can be very special… Or very nerve-racking.  Luckily there are a few things you can do to reduce the stress and increase the joy.

Are there more risks to giving birth during Christmas?
Your baby’s birth will in no way be compromised because of the holidays. Discuss your birth plan with your gynaecologist and arrange all your plans around your due date. Avoid any travelling and stressful, exhausting activities.

Who will take care of you and your baby?
Hospitals might have fewer administrative personnel, but medical care will not be constrained during the festive season. If your team is not available, they will arrange for someone to stand in for them. It’s a good idea to find out ahead of time who will be available, and to meet with them so that you feel entirely comfortable on the day.

How do you deal with the pressure?
It is not in your baby’s best interest to schedule a C-section or induction for a convenient due date. Do not let family or doctors put pressure on you to induce labour. Trust your gut and make your own decisions.

Have you made necessary lists?
Lists can help reduce some of the anxiety around a festive season birth. Prepare Christmas shopping lists, emergency numbers, To Do lists, things to take to the hospital and a list of who to notify of the birth.

What can you do to enjoy Christmas?
This festive season is about you and your baby. It’s a good idea to get enough sleep before the birth, and rest up as much as possible. Do online shopping and delegate Christmas chores to family and friends. Enjoy the Christmas celebrations, but within your comfort zone. 

Your baby’s arrival can make Christmas even more special. Listen to your body and heart and choose to enjoy every moment of it… It’s the best gift you’ll ever get! Are you due on or around Christmas? 
 
“I strongly recommend that Moms-to-be meet the on-call doctor so they feel more in control of the situation on D Day.” Sister Pippa Hime.

BabyGroup says…
This article has been checked by Sister Pippa Hime, Midwife. A member of the BabyGroup Medical Council.

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