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Are you thinking of using a Birth Plan? No matter what kind of birth you are planning, a written birth plan, or a written statement about you and your partner's preferences for your labor and birth, may be a good idea.
Bringing a copy of this plan with you to the hospital is a simple way to inform the people who will come in to contact with you on your preferences for the birth. There is no “one way” or “correct” way to compose a birth plan. Some can be several pages long, and address every aspect of the birth; other mothers simply compose a short paragraph.
Below you will find some questions that your birth plan may address:
- Do you want a routine IV, a heparin/saline lock, or nothing at all?
- Do you want to listen to music? Did you bring any music?
- Do you want access to a tub or shower?
- Do you want pain medications? Do you have a preference for which pain medications you want?
- Do you want an episiotomy?
- Is there a position in which you would prefer to give birth?
- Do you want medications given to your baby right after birth?
Some mothers find that composing a birth plan helps to relieve some stress or anxiety that may be surrounding the big day. So, if you can, set aside some time to discuss your needs with your partner and familiarize yourself with the many options available to you for the birth.