Just like packing the diaper bag, strapping the car seat in, and picking out a coming home outfit, birth plans are becoming a normal everyday part of the labor and delivery process. What is a birth plan? Well, it is exactly what it sounds like. A birth plan is a plan or guideline of how the mother to be would IDEALLY like for her labor and delivery to go. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Of course, no labor and delivery is perfect, and NOTHING in life ever goes by the book, so a birth plan is more a list of preferences of what you would IDEALLY like to happen. They can’t always be followed to a T, but a birth plan should include the things you would like to happen if possible.
A birth plan can include a variety of preferences for the labor and delivery process. Be sure to include info on what you would like to during labor. Would you like to move around, walk the halls, use a birthing ball, a shower, or a birthing tub?
Also, include details about the type of environment you would like to have during your labor. Would you like the tv turned on or off? Soft music playing? Do you want the lights dimmed? Also make sure to include in your birth plan how many people (and who they are!) that you would like present during your labor.
Include what your preferences are if a c-section is needed, and how you would like to handle pain during labor. These are just a few of the options of things to include in your birth plan, and a quick web search can clue you in to many more things to think about including.
Of course, the most important thing to remember about your birth plan is to TAKE IT TO THE HOSPITAL! You wouldn’t believe how many women forget to bring their birth plan to the hospital when it’s time to give birth.
Second of all, remember that it is pretty much impossible that your birth plan is going to be followed completely and totally. Things happen, labor and delivery are not exact sciences, and your doctor might need to make changes to the plan that you wanted to follow.
Don’t let a small snag in your plans ruin what is supposed to be the happiest moment of your entire life. Go with the flow! Just don’t think of your birth plan as an “all or nothing, follow-it-precisely” type of thing, and you will be fine.