After I posted a preview of my birth plan on IG Story last night I was surprised with the amount of people replying about it. I had a few requests to write a blog post so I wanted to talk about how you can create your own too!
What is a birth plan?
A birth plan is a document that outlines your preferences for labor & delivery. Keep in mind that your birth plan doesn’t always happen exactly how you want because after all, you can’t control every single aspect of labor or birth. However, in my opinion it’s good to have because it can help you have a more positive experience. This way your medical team/birthing team are on the same page as you.
My Birth Plan
This is the first time I create a birth plan for myself. I decided to opt out from using a “pre-made” template, instead I customized my own. The type of birth plan I was going for was short, simple, & natural based.
I made sure to check out good ol’ Pinterest for inspiration of course! Even though I’m not a first time mom there were a few terms I didn’t quite understand. I definitely had to do my research and educate myself on the type of experience I truly desire to have.
Creating Your Own Birth Plan
There were lots of LONG overwhelming birth plans online, which honestly I feel aren’t very effective. You must be willing to be flexible incase of a medical emergency of some sort, etc. You’ll have to remember that not every little thing will happen your way either. You don’t want to bombard your medical and support team with a million requests. I’m sure many women do it, but again, I believe it’s a waste of effort/energy since labor experiences can be full of surprises!
Anyway, below you can find a few tips that will hopefully help you write up a customized BP versus using a template.
- Make sure your support team is aware of your birth plan wishes. At times the hospital staff may not read it thoroughly. I would make a few copies for your husband/significant other/mom/sister. Whoever will be helping you through labor.
- Educate yourself first, then decide on which route you prefer. I feel silly since this is my 2nd time around, but unfortunately with my first pregnancy I didn’t research a lot about labor/birthing options. Truly felt unprepared. Look them up from a reliable source so this won’t happen to you!
- Few things you may want to outline:
- What type of pain management you prefer? (such as birthing ball, hydrotherapy, aromatherapy, meditation, breathing techniques, hypnosis, epidural, “walking” epidural, etc)
- Who do you want in the room with you?
- Will you have a labor coach or push on your own?
- Any special request for room environment such as music, dim lights, a movie, etc.
- How do you want to spend labor? (Walking, squatting, as mobile as possible, etc)
- Fetal monitoring?
- Do you want immediate skin to skin?
- What are your feeding preferences for baby?
- Who will cut the cord?
- Delay newborn procedures or not?
- Rooming in with baby?
- Keep it as simple, clear, short as possible.
- Lastly, be open to change. You’ll want some sort of flexibility. So remember come in with an open mind, baby & your safety are top priority after all.
Well I hope I covered most of it! At the end of the day, this plan is all ABOUT YOU. Simply think of how you can make this an uplifting & positive experience. Should you have any questions/thoughts/concerns don’t hesitate to let me know. Thanks for reading! Until next time, xx.