Check out this guest post by Birth Doula Nichole Virag, MSW.
Should I Bother with a Birth Plan?
ARE YOU CONSIDERING A BIRTH PLAN?
Birth planning is much less about the written plan itself, than the information you must possess to create it. Many expecting women avoid birth planning because they fear possible confrontation with their doctors and nurses. I’ve met some doctors and nurses who commend a patient for not bringing a written birth plan. I’ve also met providers who encourage them. There are, of course, many aspects of labor that can’t be predicted.
Not having a birth plan can lead to rushed decision-making. Many women without a written plan have complete control over their birth, because they did research ahead of time and became familiar with their options. Whatever you choose, you deserve to feel empowered. It is after all, your body, your baby, and YOUR birth.
WHY I WOULD RECOMMEND CREATING A WRITTEN BIRTH PLAN:
“BUT I’M HAVING MY BABY AT HOME/IN A BIRTH CENTER."
The fact that you are having a birth at home or a birth center means that you are probably educated about the procedures you would like to have and/or avoid during your birth. I would also gather that you would like to maintain as many of your choices as possible should you need a hospital transfer. Even if your provider goes with you, there will be a whole staff of people, i.e. intake coordinators, labor and delivery nurses, pediatric nurses and recovery nurses who you will be meeting for the first time and who will not be familiar with your choices. If you are needing a hospital transfer, chances are that you won't be in an ideal state of mind to explain everything you want in detail.
WHETHER OR NOT YOU DECIDE TO MAKE A BIRTH PLAN:
DID YOU HAVE A BIRTH PLAN? ARE YOU GLAD THAT YOU TOOK THE TIME TO MAKE ONE, OR WAS IT A WASTE OF TIME? COMMENT WITH OTHER DO'S AND DON'TS THAT I MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN!
Previously published on Nichole's website, Nichole to Doula. Go check her out on facebook and instagram.
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