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Preparing for Childbirth: 7 Things You Need to Have Before the Big Day

Add these to your to-do list, moms-to-be.

As a mom-to-be, there are many tasks you have to do: completing the baby's nursery, buying new clothes, hiring a nanny to help with baby duties, choosing a pediatrician, shopping for supplies, and babyproofing your home, just to name a few.

You'll have no shortage of well-meaning friends and family offering their advice, but sometimes it can be overwhelming to keep up with all the information. Even more so when the hormones are raging—there are so many unsettling thoughts running through your head. 

Here's a list of few more things you need to prepare, moms-to-be:

1. A Recovery Plan

Never take yourself for granted after you've given birth. Creating a recovery plan before the baby arrives will help you make sure you and your baby stay healthy during the postpartum period. 

This adjustment period lasts six to eight weeks, starting from your baby's birth and ending when your body is back to its pre-pregnant state. During this time, create a routine that will allow you to rest and focus on taking care of your baby.

2. A Realistic Career Goal

Are you going to be a stay-at-home mom? Are you going to work part-time for a few years until your child is old enough? Think about these things before your baby arrives. Talk to your employer about your options before you even go on maternity leave.

3. A Childcare Option

Once you've made a decision about your career path, focus on who else will be your baby's caregivers. If you plan to keep working, will there be someone in the family who can also look after your baby? If you choose to stay at home, will your husband's salary be enough to cover the family expenses?

4. A Sustainable Budget

Having a new member in the family means reworking your finances to include funds for baby essentials. Make way for additional costs like checkups, childcare services, and tuition fees.

To save money, stick to the necessities—buy only what you need (and not just because it's cute) because your baby will grow up so fast.

5. A Reliable Pediatrician

It's best to choose your baby's pediatrician before he's born because once he arrives, you'll have moments when you worry about the smallest things—and it's natural.

If you don't know where to start, ask your family and friends for recommendations, and then schedule an advance visit to get to know the pedia.

6. A Health Plan with Good Coverage

Check on your PhilHealth membership to confirm if it's updated. Under PhilhHealth, coverage for normal delivery in a small hospital or other small birthing facilities like maternity clinics is P8,000. This includes hospital, medical, and professional fees. For a C-section delivery, you are covered for the fixed amount of P19,000.

7. A List of Other Medical Arrangements

It's best to sign up for prenatal care because you'll be undergoing several scheduled checkups. Remember also to decide on other medical arrangements to ensure that your child will grow up healthy. Some moms, for instance, decide to sign up for cord-blood banking.

Cord blood banking is the process of keeping the cord blood that comes from your baby, which is rich in stem cells that may be used in the future for treating diseases such as leukemia, thalassemia, solid tumors, immunodeficiency, and metabolic disorders.

Cordlife Philippines is the first and only DOH-registered, ISO-Certified, and AABB-accredited private cord blood bank. It is part of the largest stem cell banking network in Asia, with a state-of-the-art cryopreservation facility that meets global gold standards. Cordlife aims to give Filipino families the advantages of having a readily available supply of cord blood.

Find out how to sign up for cord blood banking with Cordlife Philippines here.
This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Cordlife Philippines.