While labor and delivery don’t always go as expected, creating a birth plan can help you feel as prepared as possible and make sure that your birthing team understands what’s most important to you. There’s a lot to include in a birth plan, so we’ve compiled a list of what to consider as you get started.
To set the stage for your birthing journey, start with all things labor-related, including your desired atmosphere, support system, and pain management.
Here are some questions to ask yourself about your labor preferences.
Include the names and contact information of all the people you want present during labor.
How to labor
Include information about allergies, other health conditions, and any medications you take.
Assisted vaginal delivery may be medically required under certain circumstances, such as if there are concerns about your baby’s heart rate or if you have a health condition that limits your ability to safely push.
Be sure to consider all aspects of C-section delivery, from anesthesia to whether you want your partner to hold your baby as soon as possible.
What do you want your baby’s first moments to look like?
Make sure your birth plan includes your preferences for umbilical cord cutting, skin-to-skin contact, and other important postnatal considerations.
While you can’t completely predict how labor and delivery will go, your birth plan will keep you, your care team, and your loved ones on the same page.
Each journey into parenthood is unique, so feel free to add other information based on your needs. And remember to stay flexible.
At Ruth Health, we strive to bring you the facts so you can make decisions with ease — the decisions that are best for you. Let us know what other topics you’re interested in learning more about by emailing us at email@example.com.
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