The birth of your baby is going to be one of the most joyful, life changing and memorable times in your life.
Whether you have your dream birth, or you have a completely differentbirthyou had hoped for.
Once you see yourpreciousnewborn, that will be the only thing on your mind.
You will begin to bond and start feeling excited about the future.
What is A Birth Plan?
A birth plan is ajournalor recorded document that has your thoughts and plans for the upcoming birth of your child.
Your journal will help you establish priorities and provide a list of ideas to give to your birth team to help carry out during your delivery.
I always recommend making 2 copies. One to give to your team (nurses, doula, midwife) and one for you and your partner to keep track of.
A birth plan can help answerquestionsif mom is not in a position to provideimportantdecisions.
Mom needs to concentrate on having the baby, or in the case of medical intervention, she may not be able to contribute.
Abirth plan is always a good idea to record your hopes and desires for the birth of your baby.
√. Your Birth Plan Should Be:
Your birth plan should be clear and concise. Keep It down to one-page, noting your top priorities. Because there are so many aspects of birth, you may need to revise your plan a few times over. Give yourself adequate time to do your research and work out what is important to you.
We have broken down important categories you can follow and include in your birth plan. These categories are simply the stages of birth. You will want to include your own preferences, especially if you know the type of birth you will have, like a scheduled c-section (medical or personal reasons).
Everyone’s birth plan will be completely different. There is no right or wrong way to do it.
Ask yourself these questions and include your answers. It’s a good idea to have one page dedicated to a non-complicated delivery and postpartum, and a second page of how to handle complications should they occur. Some of the questions will not pertain to you, simply skip them and go to the next.
This birth plan is relevant for a traditional hospital birth. If you plan on a home birth or at a birth center, talk to your midwife or coordinator what birth plan you will write.
Who would you like in the room with you? (This will include your doula, midwife, family, your other children and so on.)
What pain relief are you considering? (Massage, hot cold packs, bath, medication)
What position would you like to use for delivery, and what activities would you like to do? (Hand and knees, sitting, squatting, walking, bathing, etc.)
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