Planning for a baby
Are you Ready?
So you're ready for a baby. Maybe you're a little unsure about
what you are getting yourself into. There are many questions you
must ask yourself and consider. One of the most important things in
a child's life is having a stable, loving and nurturing environment
to grow up in and where possible, both a mother and a father figure
to look up to and learn from. Because these two roles are critical
in a child's development they are especially critical in the
decision making process before conception.
Your partner may have some pretty strong ideas on pregnancy and
childbearing, and getting these out in the open and chatting about
them freely is vital to any decision making process. Above all, be
honest with your partner. Try to see things from each other's
perspectives. It's not always possible to agree on everything, but
at least communication will begin the process of making
Some things to consider with your partner
•Are you both equally willing to be dedicated to parenting?
•Are you both prepared to give up some comforts of life, such as
sleeping in on weekends, or paying for a babysitter every time you
want to go out.
•Do you and your partner have religious differences or differences
in life goals and ambitions?
•Have you considered how you will handle any special needs your
child may require?
•What about balancing work and family. How will your finances
•Who will be the primary breadwinner?
•How much time should be spent with baby? What are your views on
•Are you and your partner able to raise the child in a healthy
environment with good role-models?