Creating a Birth Plan
When your due date starts fast approaching, one thing you might start wondering about is creating a birth plan.
Here you will find some frequently asked questions about birth plans, an easy to fill out printable birth plan, and also some tips on how to cope if things don’t go the way you had hoped.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Birth Plans
1. Do you really need a birth plan?
The answer is no. You don’t need one, but it certainly helps take the guesswork out of any unforseeable circumstances.
Doctors can’t read your mind, and creating a birth plan helps them know what you want so they can do everything in their power to help you.
2. What needs to be in your birth plan?
Again, this will really be up to you. However, it will make things go a lot smoother if you include some of the following:
- pain management
- how to you plan to feed your baby
- who you want in the delivery room
- contingency plan for your breach baby, or possible c-section
This will all be covered in the printable birth plan I have below, so don’t forget to download your copy!
3. Does my birth Plan need to be set in stone?
While we all wish we lived in a perfect universe, things happen. Sometimes, things just can’t go as planned.
It’s important that if you do decide to create a birth plan, you should know that nothing is set in stone. If you or your baby start to deteriorate during labor, your doctor will intervene to keep you both safe.
This can mean anything from an episiotomy, using forceps, or an unplanned c-section.
Also, this can mean being induced instead of waiting for you to go into labor.
4. When should you create a birth plan?
Ideally, you will want to create your birth plan well enough in advance that you can discuss it with your health care provider, and also your husband.
This gives them plenty of time to understand your wants, and help make sure things go according to plan.
Now, even if you have already given your birth plan to your doctor, it’s still a good idea to keep a copy to bring with you to the hospital on the day you give birth.
This just helps make sure that it didn’t get lost, or if you have to have a different doctor doing the delivery, they will know what you want.
Birth Plan Printable
It can often seem overwhelming to remember all of this, so I created this great printable that you can download to keep track of everything. It’s 2 pages long, and you can print it off just by clicking on the image (no email required).
Try to fill out as much of it as possible, and then make sure to give a copy of it to your OBGYN.
Coping with the unexpected
As I said earlier, sometimes things just don’t go the way they should. For me, I knew ahead of time that things weren’t going according to plan, so I was able to cope early on with knowing that my delivery might not go the way I had hoped.
What helped me was knowing that I wanted my baby to be safe no matter what!
Here are a few things to remember if you are dealing with the same:
- remember that your doctor wants whats best for you and your baby
- things don’t always go as planned, but that’s okay
- you are not any less of a mom if you needed a c-section
- every delivery is different, so don’t let it scare you if you had a bad one
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