What is a Birth Plan?
The birth of your baby will be the most memorable, life-changing, experiences of your life. You should take the time to think through the hopes and desires for the big day by creating a birth plan. A birth plan is a simple, clear document that lets your medical team and those involved in the birth a better understanding of your preferences for things like how to manage labor pain, and gives them the chance to resolve issues before the big day. Just know that you can't control every aspect, so you will need to stay flexible in case things occur that requires your team to depart from your plan. Because there are so many aspects to consider, it's best not to wait until the last minute to create your plan. Remember, the important thing is the safe birth of your child.
You should find out all the routine policies and procedures for "mommy care" from your healthcare provider. If you see any you don't agree with, you should discuss it. As you learn more about what to expect, you will more likely find the details that you want to include in your plan.
Confidence & Control:
During childbirth, many women feel like they are losing control. Having a birth plan can help you stay focus and calm, even if unexpected events occur.
The Power of Positive Thinking:
Instead of making a list of what you don't want, focus on what you want. Using phrases like, "we hope to," "we plan to," or "we anticipate," will help you design your plan with a positive focus.
When you arrive at the hospital, a health practitioner will evaluate you and see how far you have progressed. There's a chance that you may be asked to walk around or even to return home for awhile before you are actually admitted. When you are admitted, you may be allowed to invite family and friends to join you.
You should bring comfort objects (like a special pillow, or photos) or food and drinks for you and your support team. Dim the lights, move around, even play music to help you feel more comfortable.
After a vaginal delivery, the hospital usually places the baby on you with a warm blanket. If you prefer to hold your newborn skin to skin right after birth, you should let your provider know, or if you want your baby bathed and dried first.
Unless your baby needs special medical care, you can usually have all procedures and test to be done while you and the baby are in the same room. Some procedures can be delayed for an hour to give you a chance to bond and feed with your baby. Your partner can usually go with your baby if special care is needed.
Thank you for reading. We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think. Have you used a birth plan? What are the support objects and food you would bring?