Your birth plan is a great way to communicate your wishes to your birth team, but it can be hard to decide what your wishes are. Here’s a check list of a few questions you need to ask yourself while making your birth plan and a few sources for finding answers
___ Will you have a labor coach? Will your main support be your husband? Will you have a doula?
___ Who do you want or don't you want in the delivery room?
___ Will you have a birth photographer? Does the hospital allow you to take photos?
___ Do you want anything special in the room, like a labor playlist on your iPod, oil diffuser, led candles, your own pillow and blanket?
___ Would you like to get out of bed during labor?
___ Do you want a drug-free birth? Why? Make sure you and your care provider are on the same page.
___ At what point or under what circumstances would your Doctor perform a C-section? Are you at a higher risk of needing a C-section, and is there anything you can do to avoid having one?
___ How often and in what situations does your Doctor do episiotomies? If you feel strongly about avoiding one, ask how you can prevent tearing when pushing.
___ Do you want Dad to cut the umbilical cord? Will you bank the cord blood or allow the cord to finish pulsing before cutting it? Would you prefer a cord burning ceremony if you’re birthing at home?
___ If it's a boy, will you have him circumcised? Why?
Here is a couple of great sources to help you find answers to these questions and more:
Evidence Based Birth, their mission is in their name. They want you to have research you can rely on to make important decisions regarding your birth and child.
American Pregnancy Association has a great article on epidurals and the pros and cons of getting one, along with a plethora of other topics.
Sometimes this process can be a bit overwhelming and you may feel like you need a bit of guidance. This is why I offer prenatal birth plan consulting. For more information click here.