Three Things Nurses Wish Moms Knew About Childbirth

I discovered an article yesterday that lists the top three things labor and delivery nurses wish that women knew about childbirth (compiled from a poll created by the Perinatal Advisory Council). Take a look — this is positive, encouraging advice from the women who work in the trenches!

1. Almost all agree women should take labor and delivery classes (94%)

  • “Usually the more prepared women are the better the experience. The fear factor decreases and with it so does the pain.”
  • “Women think that watching The Baby Story and similar shows on TLC, etc., is preparation for childbirth, and is realistic. This is not the typical birth experience.”
  • “It should be mandatory for women to take classes prior to childbirth for the labor and delivery and baby care/breastfeeding experience.”
  • “I believe it helps the mothers be more informed, realistic and work well with labor and delivery and care of themselves and newborn.”

2. Most believe a pregnant woman should prepare a birth plan (79.8%)

  • “Developing a birth plan takes conscious thought and may assist (especially first time) mothers with being more informed about options.”
  • “A birth plan is good as long as they are aware of the need to be flexible with it and not expect for everything to go exactly as planned.”
  • “I think creating a birth plan can be an educational experience for the patient.  However, I’ve noticed a lot of people use pre-made birth plans from the Internet, which doesn’t really help them to be more knowledgeable about the process of labor of delivery.  I’m not convinced simply having a birth plan will help patient’s to be more knowledgeable or prepared about the process.”
  • “Birth plans must be created with a health care professional who understands the realities of what is available at our particular hospital.”

3. More than half welcome (the right) doulas (63.3%)

  • “It depends on the doula; some are great and some interfere with nursing care.”
  • “A doula can be a great support if a woman is trying to have an unmedicated delivery. A woman really needs one-to-one care when she is laboring without any pain meds.”
  • “Continual labor support from a confident and knowledgeable support person makes a huge difference in outcomes.”
  • “Doulas can be helpful as long as they are supportive, not adversarial with the nursing staff.”


You can more about creating a good birth plan here and here.

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Cara began working with Lamaze in 2004, two years before becoming a mother. Three kids later, she's a full-fledged healthy birth advocate and the Site Administrator for Giving Birth with Confidence. Most recently Cara began study to become a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and DONA certified doula (learn more about her services at She continues to stand in awe of the power and beauty in pregnancy and birth, and enjoys helping women discover their own power and joy in the journey to motherhood.


  1. Could not agree more. My husband on the other hand… was not so thrilled about weeks of Bradley classes every sat. morning for months before the Kentucky Derby. But he still attended. And knowing so much with the first helped me deliver the twins two years later sans c-section.

  2. essays says:

    “Most believe a pregnant woman should prepare a birth plan” I agree with that!

  3. mamapoekie says:

    thanks, great article. Putting this in Sunday Surf

  4. masterpapers says:

    Thank you for your post, write well, looking forward to your next post’s arrival, to force… close.

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