Secondly, prioritize. What's most important to you? For some it might be no meds, for others it's rooming-in with baby. Keep your birth plan short and sweet. I know you feel like telling your doctor exactly how to get your baby out of your vagina... But they are pretty familiar with the process. And I promise if your birth plan is four pages long, not one nurse or doctor is going to read it. In fact, it may not get read and followed according to plan anyway. So, be our own advocate, and make sure your birth partner is familiar with what you want. In the midst of a contraction you might not remember to tell them you didn't want an episiotomy.
Some things you might want to include in your birth plan:
- What is your pain management plan?
- How do you want to labor? How do you want to deliver? Who do you want present during delivery?
- What do you want done after delivery?
- Will you be Breastfeeding?
- What vaccines will your baby receive?
The Bump has a tool for writing your birth plan that might be helpful: here
Here's another article about decisions you might have to make shortly after the birth of your child: here
And if you really want to see mine. Here it is. I tried to keep it as short and sweet and to the point as possible. Remember, we all have the right to whatever kind of birth experience we want. This are just my preferences. :)
|My birth plan|