Making a Birth Plan: Is That Why They Call It Labor?

As your pregnancy progresses, you will be thinking about the actual birthing process. You may be dreaming of a simple and natural delivery, and you may also be afraid that something will go wrong. Everyone has thoughts about what a perfect delivery would be. And every mother-to-be has fears about the end of the pregnancy, about labor, and about the health of the baby.

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You should make a birth plan, but remember that sometimes a plan cannot be followed.

You could say that the ideal for most prospective moms is a normal vaginal delivery, probably in a birthing center with a bedroom-like, comfortable, delivery room. Most would also like the practitioner that has been following them through their pregnancy be the one to deliver the baby.

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Hopefully you have found an obstetrician that you like, and you have discussed whether she or a colleague might be the one to deliver your baby. Perhaps a midwife is going to help with the delivery, either at a birthing center or hospital. A home birth is also possible, but you may have to look a little harder for a healthcare provider who will help you.

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If you want a completely natural childbirth with no medication, you may have picked a midwife or you may communicate this to your doctor. Ther are many ways to manage your labor pain, including breathing techniques, such as Lamaze and Bradley. There is also yoga, hypnosis, and calming music. Your partner can help you as well with massage and counter-pressure. You can walk, lie down, or find any position that increases your comfort. You can even have many family members with you. In birthing centers, you can often take a relaxing shower or even a bath. Water births are available in some birthing centers. Giving birth in a tub is supposed to be relaxing and natural for both the baby and the mother. If you want a water birth, you need to make sure your midwife or obstetrician is comfortable with your choice.

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All of these choices can be fine if you have a low-risk pregnancy, if you yourself are healthy, and the labor proceeds without any problems.

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Making a Birth Plan: Is That Why They Call It Labor?

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  1. Profile photo of verochka31 verochka31 says:

    scheduled 5th c-section…………….

  2. Profile photo of Janice Janice says:

    Back your bag, have phone numbers for emergency and alerting family. Off you go.

  3. Profile photo of Shiloh JohnsonEditor Shiloh Johnson says:

    So glad you were able to find a birth plan that worked for you! We are currently creating our own birth plan tool as well that will walk you through it step by step 🙂

  4. I printed out a birth plan from thebump.com. It was very easy to fill in and made the task less daunting.

  5. Profile photo of Brandi Brandi says:

    I wrote out my whole birth plan and then asked my partner the same questions that I thought about while doing the birth plan…. I had to explain a lot of things for him, but he politely asked for several things that I was adamant about NOT doing or having done. It took us a while, but we finally got it hammered out. He got his way. It won’t hurt me any to have the baby in the room with me and waiting a few minutes to have the baby weighted and measured so he can scramble to tell everyone before she its is fine I guess. It is only a few minutes so Its not a big problem at all. I just had to lighten up. He gave me my way with everything else so I can give him those 2 things.

  6. Profile photo of TriciaK7575 TriciaK7575 says:

    I’ve had 2 children, and am pregnant with my third. My first was all natural, no pain meds/epidural. My daughter was induced, so had Nubane, but also no epidural. My reasoning is simple…the recovery time is so much faster without an epidural. I’ve also seen two people (personally) recover from epidural, one was still experiencing numbness in her hands a year later, and my roommate in the hospital with my daughter still couldn’t get out of bed more than 12 hours after I got into the room. My brother met someone in physical therapy that had to learn to walk all over again after a complication from an epidural. I’ll deal with the pain thanks.

  7. Profile photo of mellypie18 mellypie18 says:

    I’m blessed to have a very healthy pregnancy and have been going to a midwife. I decided to not take an epidural and have a completely natural birth. I’m just praying for a healthy birth with no medical interventions.

  8. Profile photo of peaches0408 peaches0408 says:

    This is a very simple explanation..and very helpful. Oddly enough, I find the term "birth plan" a bit silly because these plans always change.. But it’s a good idea to share your hopes and expectations with your partner & doctor.

  9. Profile photo of snearling214 snearling214 says:

    I will be getting an epidural and be induced 2 weeks before my due date as I am a high risk pregnancy and labor. The epidural will be given to me immediately since the pain would stress my heart too much. I really can’t complain since I’ll be feeling no pain at all and my baby should come out without any forseen complications =)

  10. I am getting an epidural! I had one before and I slept until the nurse came and woke me up to tell me that I was fully dilated and ready to push…it was the easiest labor and I have my fingers crossed that this time will be too!

  11. Profile photo of Mommy:Ana Mommy:Ana says:

    im getting one theres nothing with not wanting to be in pain

  12. Profile photo of Amanda Amanda says:

    Getting an epidural doesn’t make you any less of a woman or mother. Some women don’t like the thought of it because they don’t want their baby being born drugged up, but between the time you get it and have the baby it usually hasn’t reached the baby yet. I had one with my son due to my body not cooperating and i’m so glad I did, I will have one with this baby too!!!

  13. Profile photo of Julie Julie says:

    I want the epidural. My husband was born breech and his mom didn’t have an epidural or any other medication, she wanted to go natural and she did, but she told me she that was the most pain she had even endured and wanted to murder her husband 😉

  14. Profile photo of Morgan Morgan says:

    With my daughter who was my 1st I went with the mindset that I didnt want the epidural and I ended up begging for it when the iv fluids and meds couldnt help lessen the pain from the pictocin induced contractions. So with this pregnancy Im going in with the mindset that I want to try a natural birth again with no meds but if I need it I will get it. The epidural last time let me take a nap and relax while I finished dialiting and effacing.

  15. Profile photo of CiaraAshlee CiaraAshlee says:

    im deffinately getting epidural

  16. with my first child I had epidural but with my second child, although I requested it since I got to the hospital they couldn’t give to me because the labor went very fast, they gave IV meds which help a lot and I am planning to the same with this third one… I am eating better, drinking more fluids and walking and swimming every time I can… I leave the rest in my Lord’s hands…

  17. Profile photo of Antonia Antonia says:

    I agree with you completely! I’m pregnant with my first baby and although I know labor is going to be painful, I’m not too confortable with the whole epidural concept.

  18. Profile photo of angelbear33 angelbear33 says:

    I am the type to not take meds unless absolutely necessary. However, i do not think i can do this without any pain meds. I’m kinda scared with the whole concept of the epidural going into my back.

  19. I’m scared that I am being too picky with my birth plan but i didn’t have a very well thought out birth plan with my 1st child and i just don’t want to run into some of the same trouble. Like with breastfeeding my daughter would not take the boob idk if it was because they didn’t give me her to feed right away or if it was because they gave her a binki before the boob but i know want to try harder with this baby so i will be able to breastfeed. though i did pump for 6months with my daughter.

  20. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    already got my plans ready

  21. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    labor fast or long hurts just as much, (just learned this from last weeks video) And I have found this to be true. My 1st was 4 1/2 hours. 2nd was 2 1/2 hours. Both hurt just as much, except my second was more intense….

  22. Profile photo of Rachel Rachel says:

    Labor HURTS!! Take the meds, I’ve had 2 girls, one vaginal, one a c-section. The first (vaginal) I had IV meds, the second an epidural. Both helped tremendously!! IV meds made me very sleepy though, as if I was not really a part of what was happening. Epidural was great but I had to be put out for an emergency C-section in the end. Unless you have a VERY high pain tolerance, TAKE THE MEDS!!

  23. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    i had an epidural with my son but this go around i think i am going to try to go alnatural considering i felt everything that went on in my first delivery

  24. Profile photo of Jessica Jessica says:

    It can be scary when i think about it. I think with the support from my partner everything will be great. As long as he is distracting me from the pain it will be best for me.

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