Birth Plan

Most expecting moms will have heard about the necessity of a birth plan, but may not know what it’s actually for. In fact, it is much more than a simple delivery strategy for you and your spouse. A birth plan is an actual printed document that explains your birthing preferences, such as labor pain, to your assigned medical team.

The majority of birthing centers and hospitals will provide you with a printed worksheet that explains your hospital’s philosophy, policies and procedures. In addition to this, it will describe the potential labor and delivery options you may face when giving birth. This information can help when facing difficult choices along the way by assisting you through a discussion with your healthcare provider about your preferences prior to labor; later, this conversation can be the foundation for your birth plan.

birth planA printed birth plan will also help your healthcare provider when you’re in active labor by reminding your labor-and-delivery nurses of your wishes. The majority of templates will include numerous situations regarding to labor pains, cesarean birth, vaginal birth, potential circumcision, placenta removal, and much more. 

 

Keep in mind that the unexpected can always happen and you won’t be able to control every aspect of your labor and delivery. Because of this, you will need to remain flexible. Your assigned birthing team may have to depart from your original plan in order to do what is best for both you and your baby.

As a side note, remember to provide copies of your plan for the hospital nurses!