Make sure you also have a care provider you feel comfortable with. There is nothing worse than butting heads on differing views with a doctor as you're giving birth. Just like a wedding dress, you'll know when you find 'the one', trust your instincts. Don't just stop at OBs, look into midwives as well if you have a low-risk pregnancy and hope for a natural birth.
You may also consider hiring a doula for support, especially if your spouse cannot be present for one reason or another. A doula provides emotional and physical support during birth, she is an advocate for your wishes and rights. If you cannot afford a doula, you may want to try looking for one that is in training and needs a certain amount of births to attend for experience at a discounted rate or even free of charge. I've found that doulas are often wonderful people who are really committed to mothers and babies in very deep ways. Here is a helpful website for locating a doula, DoulaMatch. I find that a doula is most beneficial in a hospital birth where unnecessary interventions are most likely to occur.
I'm all for bringing homemade snacks and meals, but if that's the last thing on your mind in the days leading up to birth, you could also just bring some non-perishable healthy snacks such as Peeled fruit snacks, Pure Bars, or raw organic nuts.
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