How To Create A Birth Plan

After the shock and excitement of discovering that either you or your partner is pregnant wears off you may be wondering, what now? Well now comes the planning. After going to the doctor to make sure that you are in fact pregnant and you’ve told everyone that needs to know now you’ll need to begin building a birth plan. In order to ensure that you and your baby experience a happy, healthy birthing you’ll need a detailed plan. The birth of your baby should be a joyous experience one that you’ll have fond memories of. Every birth is unique and therefore there is only so much that you can plan but having a birth plan is still incredibly important. Even if what you’re planning for is somewhat unpredictable! In fact that’s why the plan is so important. Planning your birth out while keeping in mind all the things that could go awry and preparing for those situations is key to a successful birthing experience.

 

To start creating your birth plan start by looking at examples online. It’s also helpful to begin keeping a journal, especially in your early stages of pregnancy when there isn’t too much else to prepare for. Write down your thoughts, hopes, and wishes surrounding your ideal birth experience. A journal will help to create a list of ideas that highlight your priorities and hopes. Be sure to remain flexible while creating your birth plan as the birth of a baby is an unpredictable occurrence. Trying to plan out and predict every little thing that could happen during labor is only going to cause stress and unrealistic expectations. When you’re starting to create your birth plan do two things; keep a diary and remain open to possibilities.

 

Reading birthing books and learning about different birthing experiences is also a good idea before you set out to create your birth plan. This will give you some ideas to go off of. Another great way to get started on your birth plan is to ask yourself some questions. Here are some examples of questions that you need to ask yourself when creating your birth plan.

  1. Who would you like to have in the delivery room with you?
  2. Do you want the freedom to move around or would you rather stay in bed?
  3. If you already have children, who will be watching them?
  4. Would you like to have a doula present?
  5. Do you want to listen to any music?
  6. Do you want to take any pain medications?
  7. If not, what are some of the alternate pain relief techniques you’d like to use?

Of course these are just a few examples of the many important questions you’ll need to answer in order to create your birth plan.It’s incredible the amount of books there are out there that aim to help women with their pregnancies. These books can be helpful to creating a birth plan and can be found at most retailers like Barnes & Noble or Half Price Books!

 

Now keep in mind that when you’re creating your birth plan you may need to include some personal information. Like what hospital you plan on giving birth in, how many children (if any) you have and where they’ll be getting childcare during this time. If you want to keep this kind of information safe from online criminals the best way to do that is with Kaspersky Lab. They offer internet security and antivirus protection services for amazing low prices. Keep your information safe!

 

When creating your birth plan be sure to ask the right questions, manage your expectations, research all your options, and consult helpful books and/or medical professionals!