Saturday, March 12, 2011

Creating a Birth Plan

Whether you just found out that you're pregnant or your expected due date is right around the corner, you've probably heard plenty of talk about a birth plan. A birth plan is a communication tool that explains how you would like everything handled during your labor and delivery. Since this time will be overwhelming and prevent you from thinking (or acting) rationally, your birth plan acts as your voice.

So what are some things to include in your birth plan?

- How do you want pain managed during labor?

- What types of pain medication are you willing to take?

- How do you feel about induction?

- What if a C-section is necessary?

- Do you want the labor or delivery captured on camera or video?

- Do you want to avoid an episiotomy?

- How do you want your baby to be handled after delivery?

These are just some of the questions you want to have answered in your birth plan, making your intentions clear to everyone in a non-confrontational way. Of course, this is just a plan and one that cannot always be followed. As you've already discovered, babies have a schedule of their own and ultimately, what's best for mom and baby will be done, regardless of your preferences.

To help you make a formal plan, use the free tools online that generate a detailed birth plan for you to fill out. Print out several copies for you, your partner and those involved with the labor. Be sure to tuck one in your hospital bag and update the plan if necessary.

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