a Birth Plan
After you have explored your options, and gathered
as much information as possible... it is time to write down
what your ideal birth looks like on paper.
This can serve as a guide for you to help organize
your thoughts but it can also serve as talking points and a
reference for your doctor/midwife, birth attendant and/or hospital
The first thing to remember is that this is a
guide, not a dissertation. You want to hit the major points
and remain brief without losing your personality or flexibility.
One can never predict what will happen at a birth
so cover all the bases, including options for worst-case-scenarios.
I have put together a guide
and some sample birthplans to help
you develop your own.
Good Luck and enjoy thinking about this amazing
time in your life!
You may want to cover such topics as:
Number of people
allowed during birth (normal or operative)
Feelings about pain medications and other drugs
Birthing environment (own clothes, dim lights, food and
In the event of a c-section
Preferences on walking, shower/tub and labor positions
Newborn procedures, care and rooming-in