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  • Writer's picture Rebecca Burkett, LM, CPM

Research Checklist Ideas for Pregnancy/Birth/Postpartum

Updated: Oct 4, 2020

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 40 weeks

  • Pregnancy Nutrition/Diet

  • Supplements in/for Pregnancy

  • Fetoscope/Doppler/Ultrasound

  • Childbirth Education Classes

  • Safe Exercise in Pregnancy

  • Pelvic floor awareness and strengthening

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

  • Optimal Fetal Positioning - Spinning Babies

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

  • Gestational Diabetes and Screening Options

  • Group B Strep

  • Fetal kick counts

  • Membrane Sweeps/Stripping

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

For Labor/Birth


  • Signs of labor, stages of labor

  • Induction methods (Pitocin, Cytotec, foley catheter, other medications, etc.)

  • Epidurals

  • Natural Labor Pain Relief/Comfort Measures

  • Vaginal Exams/Cervical Checks

  • Labor Positions

  • Fetal Monitoring methods

  • What to Eat and Drink

  • Waterbirth

  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

  • Preventing Perineal Tears

  • Pushing Positions

  • Medications and Alternatives to prevent and stop postpartum hemorrhage

  • Third Stage Management (Birthing the placenta)

  • Neonatal Resuscitation

  • Delayed Cord Clamping

  • Immediate Skin-to-Skin and intitial bonding and attachment

For Postpartum


  • Newborn Vitamin K Shot

  • Newborn Erythromycin Eye Ointment

  • Newborn Hepatitis B Vaccine

  • Placenta Services Options

  • Cloth Diapers/Disposable Diapers

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

  • Breastfeeding vs. Formula Feeding

  • Local Breastfeeding Support

  • Breastfeeding Nutrition/Diet

  • Postpartum Depression

  • Circumcision

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

  • Baby Wearing

  • Car Seat Safety

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

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