The woman becomes pregnant and begin their journey for the next 9 months. A whole lot of information is available on the net for each trimester. There are two kinds of women. One, the woman of today, who knows her body, wants to know how she is changing, how her baby is changing, and everything about the growth of the child.
But there are also a whole lot of women out there who are not interested in the journey. Rather, they would rather hire a baby-advisor to keep a note of expected tests, analyzing results, keeping a nutritional map, setting up doctor visits, accompanying the doctor, listing down what to expect, report on home-remedies on basic discomforts caused because of the pregnancy. They even expect the baby-advisor to be in-charge of hospital admissions and to help organize their plans.
Some doctors are more than happy to share notes about the journey with their patients. However most would rather, prescribe medicines, tests and ensure a healthy child.
Getting advice on nutrition during pregnancy is a challenge. The Indian psychology of family members around the pregnant woman is to feed, feed incessantly. The most important thing is to ensure that the born baby is healthy. Indian women have to fight within to ensure that her body is not going to be a lost cause at the end of a delivery.
The tests conducted during the tenure of the pregnancy gives a good lead to the expectant parents of the probable type of delivery. Very few doctors hear the pregnant women until there are serious complications. There is little conversation with doctors. In case of complications, there are a lot of reading material, which is available over the Internet or the market, so a pregnant woman can read about it to prepare herself and her family members. Rarely do you find doctors that actually explain as to what can be expected during the delivery. Doctors do not consider alternate birthing methodologies. The traditional doctors never want to step away from the protocol to ensure that the experience for the pregnant woman is that of a life-time.
There are brands that have invested heavily in creating specialized care. Apolo Cradle, Cloud Nine, Fortis LaFemme are few examples where celebrate a child's birth. However the capacities of these places are not large. So if you are there to deliver in a pile-up, you have to wait to deliver in their LDR. Also, open reviews should be available for gynecologists, pediatricians and hospitals. This will help women take an educated call about their doctor.
There are intangible issues that are ironing them out in life now. Most metro cities have delivery 'grocerywallahs', which helps in a nuclear family. The maid management issue will permanently remain an issue. Residential areas sometimes do not have any parks for women to walk and exercise in safety.
When will we actually stop making a business out of everything? When will the pregnant women accept that once the child is born, they are the primary care-givers of the child? But one thing is certain. If a would be mother ensures that she keeps up with the whole cycle of pregnancy with time to time reflection upon her condition, all things should fall in place.