Reassurance and reduction of anxiety are some of the most important parts of prenatal care — in fact, since problems are rare then most of our focus should be on reassurance, education, and family aids. Remember our wider goal is to help the baby enter a healthy, loving family, and a healthy loving world. Everything is a piece of the picture.
A healthy baby with an injured, anxious mother and isolated father is born with a handicap, even though all may be physically well.
Wellness is a wide concept — it includes social, emotional, economic, generational, and even "national" health.
At every prenatal ask yourself:
— what is "right" about this pregnancy (and tell the woman — she needs to hear this)
— is anything "wrong" here (she might or might not, need to hear this)
— is something different or unusual? This might be good or it might be bad ("unusual" is not necessarily "abnormal") and even "abnormal" might not be a bad thing. There is a huge range within the definition of normal. But we need to know about it to be able to assess it.