Last week we looked at some ways to start planning the perfect birth plan. It's important to realize that your...
Last week we looked at some ways to start planning the perfect birth plan. It's important to realize that your birth plan is a guiding map, but not a contract set in stone. You may need to adjust it later. However, there are some key points that should be included in any birth plan. Such as...
- Which friends and family member do you want at your birth and more importantly, who do you not?
- Which care providers do you want at your birth. If you don't want interns in your hospital room studying you, you can say so.
- Do you want a natural birth with natural pain relief techniques or do you want to be offered medication pain relief and if so, which pain relief options are you willing to try?
- Do you want to keep your baby's placenta? At a home birth this is a moot point but in a hospital you often need to ask them to hold on to it for you.
- Which labor and birth interventions are ok with you.
- Do you have any special requests like low lighting, few internal exams, music, etc.
- If you're going to breastfeed, make sure you note that you do not want your baby given formula on the birth plan unless it's deemed medically necessary (which is rare).
- If you have a hospital birth when do you want to go home?
- Are you ok with labor augmentation or no?
- Under which health circumstances is a c-section alright with you?