You have been completely involved in your pregnancy from the very beginning, so why stop now? A birth plan is a record of what you would like to happen during the birth.
Many people underestimate the value of creating a birth plan and the peace of mind it can bring to you. You may not have ever considered a birth plan before or you may be struggling to decide what to include in your plan. It is important that you customise the birth plan to suit you, as it is you who will be going through labour.
Start by discussing the plan with your partner or midwife. They can help you decide what is best for you.
Start by discussing the plan with your partner or midwife. They can help you decide what is best for you. Decide what options are important to you and what things you would not like to be included. Don’t just use a friends birthing plan as what works for one person might not work for you and your circumstances. Read about different experiences and delivery options available to you to help you decide what suits you. Don’t be afraid to ask your hospital what is available for you.
Designing a birth plan to suit you is a great way of helping you to feel more in control of the situation and for you to know what will happen for each step of the birth.
It is important to complete your birth plan along with your midwife or doctor however, you may like to discuss various possibilities your partner. You should consider this as an ideal plan for your labour but remember that in reality not everything goes exactly to plan. Try to stay relaxed and remember it’s the final result that matters – a healthy and happy mother and baby. Your midwife and doctor will ensure the best possible care for you both.
What things should I consider for my birth plan?
- Pain relief
- Personalizing the atmosphere
- Breathing techniques
- Who will be present during the birth
We have developed a birth plan to help you – download it here.