Birth Plans

The exercise behind creating a birth plan is important for you and your support team to discuss your expectations, hopes and wishes for your birth experience. Various topics should be addressed. A bullet format or simple list makes for a quick and easy read. Make sure to bring your birth plan in so your doctor or midwife can review it. There may be changes or new things to consider once you review it together.

Topics to Consider:

  • Who will make up your support team? Family? Doula? Friends?
  • Are there certain medical protocols such as having an IV placed that are important to discuss with your provider?
  • What medications are you comfortable with? Pain medications?
  • What type of comfort measures are you interested in? Hydrotherapy? Massage? Meditation?
  • Do you have a preferred pushing position? Or medical injury that is important to note?
  • Who will cut the umbilical cord?
  • Are you interested in delayed cord clamping?
  • Are you collecting or donating cord blood?
  • Are you breastfeeding?
  • Are you interested in skin to skin after delivery?
  • Circumcision if it’s a boy?

Examples: http://www.marchofdimes.org/materials/birth-plan.pdf

Article for thought: https://www.pennysimkin.com/…/The_WinWin_Birth_Plan.pdf

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