Birth Plan — Why Write One? Some people think a birth plan is an important part of pre-birth preparation. The two words, birth and plan, were always going to cause debate from the start. Who could possibly PLAN the way their birth is going to unfold?
Yes, I have a birth plan. Here are ten tips for writing an effective birth plan, plus an example birth plan based on my own. Pre-written check-off-the-boxes birth plans that are available on many web sites are good to use as worksheets while you are thinking about your birth plan.
But a personally written birth plan shows your health care providers that you are educated and serious about your wishes.
They are also far easier for your health care providers to use. Your birth plan should be short and readable, preferably pages. I prefer bullet point format. Be very educated about your choices, especially regarding pain management and c-sections.
Be sure to complete a child-birth preparation program before attempting to write your birth plan. If you are running out of time before delivery, consider reading a book on child birth preparation or watching a video course. Take a tour of your birthing facility before you deliver and learn about options they offer for pain control, birthing positions and newborn care.
Begin your birth plan with the names and phone numbers for all the key people involved in your delivery. Continue with a section about your own medical and obstetric history.
In this section, include your home medications, allergies, chronic medical conditions, and information about each of your prior pregnancies and deliveries. Please see example below. State whether you are positive or negative for Group B Strep and gestational diabetes. If you have ever had herpes, HIV, hepatitis, or other sexually transmitted diseases, it is essential to include this.
Discuss your wishes for labor, especially regarding pain control and labor augmentation. If you are planning natural labor without epidural, explain how you have prepared for this and what your pain-management plan will be. If your labor is augmented sped-up with Pitocin you will likely require an epidural for pain control.
If you have had past poor experiences with pain control during delivery, discuss what happened and how you would like to avoid these complications. If you would like to use specific birthing positions or props, such as a birthing stool or bar, be clear about these choices in your birth plan and also tell your health care providers as soon as you arrive.
Express your wishes for delivery, and include contingency planning in case you need a c-section. Very few women want a C-sectionbut you need to be prepared for one anyway.
Every birth plan should include your wishes for c-section, such as choosing not to have your hands tied down, and avoiding medications that alter your level of consciousness.
No one wants an episiotomy, but sometimes they are better than a severe tear. If you are declining episiotomy, discuss with your health care provider beforehand how you plan to avoid a severe tear and include this in your birth plan. Delayed cord clamping is now recommended by most pediatricians, but you may have to request this procedure.
Delayed cord clamping may not be an option if your baby is not breathing or ill.A birth plan, sometimes referred to as birthing plan, is a blueprint of what choices you and your partner have made for the arrival of your child.
A birth plan is a document written by yourself that informs your care providers about how you wish your birth to be handled.
It will let them know how you wish to be cared for during your labour and birth, and will help them to assist you in having the kind of birth you want. Writing a birth plan: 10 essential tips from a pediatrician and mom of 5 When a laboring mom arrives at the hospital with a birth plan, nurses often roll their eyes and smirk, especially if it is a check-off-the-boxes and fill-in-the-blanks birth plan off a web site.
Definitely talk the plan over with your doctor—it's important to make sure you're both on the same page. Read on for a checklist of things to consider when creating a . Writing a birth plan: 10 essential tips from a pediatrician and mom of 5 When a laboring mom arrives at the hospital with a birth plan, nurses often roll their eyes and smirk, especially if it is a check-off-the-boxes and fill-in-the-blanks birth plan off a web site.
Definitely talk the plan over with your doctor—it's important to make sure you're both on the same page. Read on for a checklist of things to consider when creating a .