Until a few decades ago, birth was entrusted almost entirely to doctors and/or, midwives. These days, women are taking more of a stand in their birth choices and stating that their birth is different than the ‘average’. Just because one method works for one mother, doesn’t mean it should be applied across the board. This is where birth plans come in – a general guide to preferences during and after birth. Many people think that birth can’t be mapped out – and this is true. Many people see a birth guide as a straight road, when in fact a good birth plan is based around two major features:
- Preferences for situations, no matter what interventions are needed.
- A way to point out the most important things that parents want (some things you may not mind, while others may be of major importance to you, based on your history, beliefs and knowledge.)
So what’s so great about a birth plan?
- Being informed and making choices ahead of time will make it easier to deal with the unpredictable.
- Having a general guide means less time spent telling birth supporters and medical staff what you want, when you’re deep in labor land.
- A plan takes the stress off about remembering and reminding during the rush of birth and the emotions that follow. The less stress the better!
Did You Know?
Legally you can refuse any person, trainee or PROCEDURE that you don’t want during birth, ask for more information OR look for a compromise. Read more about your rights in childbirth.1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8