One of the most critical days of your life is the day you give birth. Having a birth plan ahead of time will assist you in making decisions on how you want your labor and childbirth to go, as well as letting others know your preferences. When the big day comes, you’ll be able to concentrate on what matters most: bringing your new baby into the world.
A birth plan is a bit misleading: Although certain things in life can be planned for, the birth of a child is not one of them. Babies are notorious for ignoring their due dates, as well as all of your expectations for a particular type of delivery or labour and delivery.
At the end of the day, your birth is more dependent on your body and your baby than it is on an external force. Despite the fact that things do not always turn out as expected, it is always good to have a plan in place, because some do go as planned. It is exciting also to have some part in the process. Try to stay positive in the process with your health care provider, as things might need to change.
Why is a birth plan necessary?
A birth plan is necessary way for you to express your preferences to those who will be caring for you during your pregnancy and after your baby is born. Every birth is a one-of-a-kind event. Making a birth plan allows you to learn about all of your choices during childbirth. At the same time, it’s a platform for informing the people who care for you about your choices.
Do I need to write my birth plan?
No mam! You don’t have to build from zero with your birth plan. Many hospitals have a regular form or booklet that you can fill out whenever it is convenient for you. It’s a good idea to go over your birth plan with your doctor when you’re pregnant. Check to see if the venue where you’ll be delivering will satisfy your requests. If your pregnancy is high-risk, your provider can encourage you to avoid certain things.
What do I need to include in my birth plan?
Although you may have in your mind how you want your baby’s birth to be, your choices may not be heard effectively if you don’t have a birth plan. Who do you want present in the delivery room?
- Do you want to be offered medication for pain management?
- If so, what type of medication? Do you want a natural birth and to use alternative measures for comfort?
- Do you want to freely move around during labor? Do you want to use hydrotherapy?
- our name, your doctor’s name, and the hospital where you intend to give birth. Include your estimated due date as well as the gender and name of your infant, if known.
- Do you want your baby continuously monitored?
- Any documented medical problems for you or your baby, such as positive group B strep results, gestational diabetes, or preeclampsia, should be noted here.
What About after my baby is born?
You can also make arrangements for your baby’s plan after birth in your birth plan. The arrival of your new baby does not mark the end of your birth plan. The hospital staff would want to know how you want your baby to be cared for. Explain who would cut the umbilical cord, change the baby’s first diaper, and give the baby his or her first bath, for example. Furthermore, the birth plan will provide guidance about how you want to feed your infant. Identifying breast milk or formula as breast milk or formula
What about interventions for pain?
You must determine whether you want to go without medicine or have an epidural. If you don’t want an epidural, you should opt for opioids or nitrous oxide as a pain reliever instead. This is a personal decision. You can talk with your health care provider about your pain options.
What are my alternatives to labor?
It’s possible that your labor will last anywhere from a few hours to a few days (it’s rare, but it does happen!).
What would you like to do with that time?
Who will be by your side when you give birth?
Would you rather not be hooked up to fetal monitoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
If you want to be able to walk down the corridors?
What about non-pharmaceutical choices for pain relief, such as a birth tub, a hot shower, a birthing ball, or a massage?
Always make a final plan while keeping flexibility in mind
Complete the mission! If your doctor advised you to make improvements, now is the time to do so. If you’re still choosing between choices, try your hardest to find a consensus. You may also make a note if you’re either confused about anything or ready to go with the flow during labor. (Keep in mind that versatility is a positive thing!)
It’s in your best interest to create one — and some doctors strongly suggest their patients do it — but it’s not like the hospital won’t admit you without a birth plan in hand. This is empowering for you.
If you go into labor before you’ve written or finalized a plan, it’s up to you how to move forward with the birth. If you feel up to it, you can write one down on the fly (in between contractions!). It can be as simple as saying “I would like a medication-free delivery with my husband in the room, no unnecessary interventions, and as much skin-to-skin contact right after birth. Thank you for stopping by today. I hope you learned something to help you. I wish you all the best in your movement forward. Have a safe, healthy, and happy journey moving forward. God loves you forever. Talk to Him and allow Him to love you.