• Rebecca Burkett, LM, CPM

Research Checklist Ideas for Pregnancy/Birth/Postpartum

Updated: Sep 15, 2019

Looking for ideas on things to know about pregnancy, labor, birth and the postpartum period but don’t really know where to start? Here is a thorough research checklist to give you a starting point for the things you should start researching!



  • Teratogens

  • Going the full weeks

  • Pregnancy Nutrition/Diet

  • Supplements in/for Pregnancy

  • Fetoscope/Doppler/Ultrasound

  • Childbirth Education Classes

  • Safe Exercise in Pregnancy

  • Alternative Medicine/Care Options (Chiropractic, Massage, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Naturopathic, Midwifery, Doulas, etc.)

  • Rhogam Shot (if you have a Negative (-) blood type)

  • Gestational Diabetes and Screening Options

  • Group B Strep

  • Membrane Sweeps/Stripping

For Labor/Birth


  • Induction (Pitocin, Cytotec, other medications, etc.)

  • Epidurals

  • Natural Labor Pain Relief/Comfort Measures

  • Vaginal Exams/Cervical Checks

  • Labor Positions

  • What Happens if You Go Past your 'Due Date'- It's really not an expiration date!

  • What to Eat and Drink

  • Waterbirth

  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

  • Preventing Perineal Tears

  • Pushing Positions

  • Medications and Alternatives to prevent and stop postpartum hemorrhage

  • Neonatal Resuscitation

For Postpartum


  • Delayed Cord Clamping

  • Newborn Vitamin K Shot

  • Newborn Erythromycin Eye Ointment

  • Hepatitis B Vaccine

  • Placenta Services Options

  • Cloth Diapers/Disposable Diapers

  • Sleeping Options (co-sleeping in bed, co-sleeper, crib, etc)

  • Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding

  • Local Breastfeeding Support

  • Breastfeeding Nutrition/Diet

  • Postpartum Depression

  • Circumcision

  • Newborn Screening Test (Metabolic Screening, Hearing Test, CCHD Screening)

  • Baby Wearing

  • Car Seat Safety

  • Alternative Medicine Options (Chiropractic, Massage, Acupuncture, Acupressure, Naturopathic, Midwifery, Doula, etc.)

And HEY, let me know if you think I should add anything else to the list!


Lansing, Michigan

Rebecca Burkett, Midwife

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517.435.3682 (F)

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