A birth plan is a simple, clear, one-page statement
of your preferences for the birth of your baby. Having a
copy for every person involved in the birth will help
each person understand each other and work out
communication issues before the big day.
In researching this topic, there are numerous sites
online explaining why creating a birth plan is so
important. A few things to think about is why you should
have a birth plan and how it can help you. If youíre
wondering how to write a birth plan, letís take a look
at one such plan so that you can fully appreciate the
steps taken in this written document.
The document begins with your name, caregiver, name of
hospital or birth center, due date, coach (father or
other); and name of baby. The document then proceeds
with the following subtitles with questions relating to
each, which you can check off accordingly. Labor; Labor
Induction; Anesthesia/Pain Medication; Cesarean Section
Delivery; Perineal Care; Delivery; After Birth; Newborn
Care; Postpartum; Breastfeeding; Additional Notes which
encompass picture taking; video-recording, and
While there is a presumption that many hospitals may not
deem this document necessary (keep in mind it has no
legal standing), there are other hospitals you may find
who are open to follow your wishes as much as they are
able. This opens up another train of thought which is:
researching and finding the right obstetrician and
hospital that will conform to your requests.
You may agree that some hospitals do not have the
greatest reputations or, for that matter, the best
facilities. Creating this birth plan allows you to fully
digest all of the possibilities you need to consider
when choosing the proper hospital to deliver your child.
While we sometimes put doctors on pedestals, no one can
know more about how you feel than you. Therefore,
creating a birth plan can alleviate a great deal of
unneeded stress as you prepare to become a mom. Why you
should have a birth plan allows you to set down all of
the details and choices beforehand.
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