How to Create YOUR Perfect Birth Plan
by Tasha Mayberry
You are probably feeling more and more anxious as your due date for giving birth approaches. But don’t worry, this is entirely normal! It would be best to educate yourself about all available options so that you can feel confident in choosing the best course of action when it comes time to give birth- whether that be a natural occurrence or an intervention like medication during labor (or even both!). This way, there won’t be any surprises on baby’s big day because mommy knows what she wants to be done beforehand by doing research now instead of waiting until the last minute like some people do without thinking twice before making decisions.
You only get one shot at raising your family, so why not make it count? There are many ways to have a baby, and each experience should be different. You can choose how you want the world (or whoever is left out) to see you; let’s start with giving them a fantastic first impression!
Planning ahead can help you feel more confident during labor, birth, and recovery. This is especially true if you have a birthing plan that outlines all of your options for the journey into motherhood!
A great exercise to get started on creating such an agenda would be writing down what matters most in life as well as outlining some potential starts/ finishes with each item, so there’s no confusion about where we want our lives to go after this experience (or others).
What is a birth plan?
If you’re expecting, it’s important to have a birth plan. This will let your doctor and other healthcare providers know what preferences are during labor, delivery room entryway (including how long someone can stay), post-delivery care options like immediate skin on to mother versus waiting for warming blankets if that suits the mom better; whether there would be any Cord Blood banking done at all in addition to donating/banking some cord blood right away after birth–and so much more! Having an official document with clear instructions makes sure everyone present — from nurses down to partners or doulas—respects those wishes while doing their absolute finest possible job making everything go smoothly as possible, so we all get exactly the experience.
The details of your birth plan will help you and the people who care for you on delivery day to have an exceptional experience. You should talk about these choices with any doctor or midwife before each visit, so they know what’s important in supporting this process, but don’t rely on them remembering every conversation because it isn’t possible!
It can be hard to find time for yourself when you’re busy giving birth and laboring. That’s why it is so important that someone has your back! Having the ability to hand over documents with personal preferences makes life easier on all fronts, don’t forget about this powerful tool in future labor pains.
Your partner may be the one that helps you remember all of your desires during labor and birth. They will do everything they can, but because this is something new for them too – having a plan might make sure everyone knows exactly what’s going on so no one gets confused or agendas get set in stone before even starting!
Creating a birth plan is an important way to prepare for your upcoming baby’s arrival. A professional should be present during the delivery, and you might want their help remembering all of those choices that are made in advance so they can represent them best when it comes time! You may also require special care from friends or family members who don’t know about this yet – like doulas-but there will always come back around eventually if something goes wrong with any part of the preparation process because at least then we’ll have been thorough ahead of anything happening.
The word “birth” sounds a bit clinical and cold, so I prefer to call this document a birthing goal. The only reason why it is still referred to as a “birth plan” in some cases is that that’s what most people know how to do when they see the term on an online forum or blog post discussing topics related to pregnancy care guides for expectant mothers-to-be!
Women are encouraged to be flexible and open-minded when thinking about their birth experience. Sometimes things happen that we can’t control, but it’s important for women not to get too upset because they might change your plan on the spot!
Below, I’ve included my template for creating a birth plan that can be used by all of the expectant parents with me. Please print this out and use it as your guide while writing yours- remember to keep things short but sweet because we don’t want anyone reviewing an entire novel before they start giving care during labor! The general rule when making decisions on what should go into one’s own personalized will always involve limiting yourself down by just listing key points.
Some of the options on my template may not be available in all circumstances, but this should give you a good starting point. Then print out our birth plan worksheet and use it to note your preferences for labor deliveries or emergency cesarean sections!
I’m always open to feedback, so let me know what you think! Did this birth plan template help make your preparations for labor and delivery calmer? What could we add/change that would be useful in our birthing process – together, we can create an extraordinary hybrid document just right!!
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