In many ways, the birth of a baby and the birth of a business are incredibly similar. To be good at either or both requires true grit, a penchant for research, unyielding patience and above all, self-reflection.
Since the age of 20, I’ve worked exclusively as a founder, co-founder or very early employee of startup businesses. I was married at 25, had my first baby at 27 and second baby at 30. Last year I celebrated my 40th birthday and sold my second business. In all that time and amidst new ventures in both business and parenting, I learned the most about running a company by learning how to be a parent.
The biggest lesson of all has been to take one day at a time. I had to force myself to slow down long enough to learn the basics of any given endeavor, enjoy the process, and invest time in building a foundation of knowledge. Indeed, when it comes to both business and parenting, knowledge is power.
Providing access to birth knowledge is exactly the reason for my newest business, Best Ever Baby. Unlike my other businesses, Best Ever Baby (BEB) is designed as a non-profit. It is an online place filled with information from non-judgmental experts who passionately support pregnant women to make informed decisions about their bodies, their babies and their environment.
In business, the questions that can be asked – and the outcomes of those decisions – have nearly infinite possibilities. In birth planning, that is not the case.
When it comes to parenting, all decisions start with creating your birth plan. Just like writing a business plan, writing a birth plan is a phase of exploration. During pregnancy, you have the gift of time to consider the process and steps that will help you know what you want, and how to get it. You have the opportunity to do research and consider your options. Birth plan choices are the first choices new moms make about how they will parent.
The very first questions to ask when planning a birth are “Where?” and “How?” Birth in the US gives you 7 possible answers to choose from when writing your birth plan, but deciding between them could be one of the most challenging decisions every new mom has to make. Check out all 7 options here.
One of the most important ideas to remember – in both business planning and birth planning – is that things often don’t go as intended. It is the act of planning that will help you be as prepared as possible. A well-conceived birth plan helps you embrace the changes that will inevitably come along.
About the Author: Kim Walls is an award winning health advocate working with leading pregnancy experts and top baby-friendly hospitals to provide birth plan advice and the #1 rated hospital bag checklist for expecting parents. Kim was named one of the “9 Wonder Women of the Natural Industry” by New Hope Media, and is a nationally recognized natural products expert. Her work has been featured in publications including Real Simple, Fit Pregnancy, Huffington Post, and on-air by the CBS Early Show and Good Morning America.
Published: December 3, 2015 | Reviewed by: Kim Walls, Natural Products Expert, Elizabeth Bachner, LM, CPM, L.Ac., Midwife | Last reviewed: December, 2015