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Robin Elise Weiss, LCCE

Have an Open Mind in Pregnancy

By February 10, 2013

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I saw a quote on Facebook today that said something like the highest form of ignorance is dismissing something you'd never tried before, paraphrasing Dr. Wayne Dyer here. That really resonated with me about when it came to childbirth. I hear so many moms, in classes, in consultations, even just in every day conversation, saying how they won't give whatever idea the time of day. The truth is they know next to nothing about it or they heard something about it from a source that is knowledgeable or isn't unbiased.

Certainly the easiest thing to talk about would be the thought of using or not using epidural anesthesia for labor. I've often said that if you're six weeks pregnant and you have never thought about any other way to give birth that with or without an epidural - you have research to do. This means going to classes, talking to other moms on both sides of the aisle and getting some basic info. (I personally also recommend that all moms go into labor with an open mind, stating that labor might be easier or harder than you expected.)

This concept works for so many things:

What else would you add to this list of things parents should have an open mind about?

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