When you begin to consider starting or adding to your family, your Certified Nurse Midwife can help you decide when would be a good time for conceiving, how to prepare your body and your relationships for conception and pregnancy, and ways to minimize or treat infertility naturally.
At your Preconception visit your Midwife will guide you in creating a Reproductive Life Plan:
- A reproductive life plan is a guide for you to follow as you look ahead and plan your family. It is a set of goals you set for yourself about whether or not to have children, when you want to have children, and under what conditions you would like to have children. The plan can be started when you are a teen and can be changed as you grow and get older. You will want to review your reproductive life plan at least once a year to make sure you are on track with your goals as your life may change.
- Planning ahead can help you avoid getting pregnant when you don’t want to be pregnant and also be in good health if and when you do decide to become pregnant. Many women have at least one pregnancy in their lives, even if it was not planned. In fact, about half of all pregnancies are not planned. Getting pregnant when you did not plan it can be a problem, or it can turn into a happy event. Planning pregnancy leads to healthier pregnancies, healthier mothers, and healthier families.
These are important questions to answer if you want to have children:
- If I am having sex or when I start having sex, do I have a plan in place to prevent pregnancy until I am ready to have a baby? Am I able to speak with someone about birth control options? Who?
- How many children do I want to have?
- When would I like to start having children?
- How old am I now and how old is my partner (if I have one now)?
- At what age do I want to have my first child?
- By what age do I want to have my last child?
- If I want more than one child, how many years apart do I want my children to be?
- If I want to try to become pregnant soon, do I have any health problems or take any medications that could affect me or my baby?
- Do I have any history of family illnesses or birth defects that I should discuss with my health care provider before I get pregnant?
- Is my life stable and supportive of my desire to have children? Do I need to make some changes in my finances, job, relationships, or anything else that would help me be a good parent?
- If I get pregnant before I am ready, what will I do?