Every woman wants a safe, healthy birth. So it’s important to have a birth plan in place before the big day arrives. But what exactly is a birth plan?
It can be anything from who you want present during labor and delivery to how you want your baby delivered. In this post, we’ll walk through everything you need to know about creating a successful birth plan for your pregnancy!
What Is a Birth Plan and Why Do You Need One?
A birth plan is a document that outlines all of the decisions you want to make for your pregnancy, labor, and delivery. It is the first step in crafting your journey into motherhood.
It’s an important tool because it can ensure that everyone has the same goals in mind as they support you during this time.
Decide on a Format
There are many different formats for birth plans, but the most common is an A-Z format. That means you start with your preferences for anesthesia (if any), then write about your desired length of labor, and end it all with how you’d like to recover after delivery.
As long as everything is organized neatly in a coherent fashion, the format is up to you.
When you’re pregnant, it can be overwhelming to try and figure out what will happen during the birth of your baby.
- Will you have natural childbirth or choose an epidural?
- Will you want pain medication or not?
It’s best to start thinking about this now because once your belly starts to grow it may be too late! A good place to start is by asking yourself: What would I like my birthing experience to look like?
Who Do You Want With You?
Which relatives or friends do you want in the room with you? How do you feel about having an episiotomy, if it is necessary?
Would your partner’s presence make things easier, or could his involvement delay progress and increase stress levels?
Once you are able to make a decision about these things you will be well on your way to having the right people in your space when it matters the most.
Print your birth plan and discuss it with your doctor or midwife so they know what you’re looking for during labor and delivery. This way if anything changes (and there will be times when things do change), everyone remains on the same page about what exactly should happen. This will help ensure smooth labor and delivery.
In most cases, you don’t have to hand your birth plan over to the nursing staff or hospital. They’ll see it when they need it most during labor and delivery! But be sure to bring along a hard copy just in case so that everyone is on the same page about what should happen in each step of labor and delivery.
You should be aware though that even when you have a birth plan, injuries can occur if there is negligence. If your baby is injured during birth you should hire a birth injury attorney to assist you.
Birth Plans Aren’t Just for Moms
Dads also have some important things to think about, so they also need a birth plan. One of the most important decisions a dad has to make is whether he will be in the delivery room for his child’s birth.
Some men feel very strongly that they should be there, while others prefer not to see anything at all and wait outside until they are called back in by their partner. These preferences should also be a part of the birth plan.
A lot of dads worry about being able to provide for their newborns after birth. As a new dad, if you have a job, it’s best to check with your boss so that he knows when you’ll be back at work or if there is any way someone else can cover your responsibilities during this time.
Knowing if you can take time off to support your partner is critical for you and your partner.
Start the Adventure
Now that you know exactly what you should do in order to get your birth plan ready there is no reason to be unprepared for going into labor. Knowing exactly what you want to happen when you are about to have your baby is the best way to ensure that you have an experience that is in line with your vision.