“Parenting begins way before a baby is born. I encourage moms to research their product, pregnancy, and parenting options – looking far beyond marketing materials from the very beginning. Pregnancy opens up a whole new world, one that asks each parent to research all the choices available to them, to decide what feels best, what fits with the mother’s health status, how to move through pregnancy, where and how to give birth.

When we make informed choices according to our birth preferences, health, and lifestyle, we can work in partnership with our care providers to create the birth that begins our baby’s life in the best of ways.”

Elizabeth Bachner is owner of GraceFull Birth in the Silver Lake area of Los Angeles, CA.