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.
This is Liz Beyer-Partin. I met Liz 2 years ago at one of Improving Birth-Buffalo's unofficial Rallies. We were there protesting in front of a fancy club on Delaware that was hosting the local chapter of ACOG.
I was so excited when I saw her sign, "We are proof! Postterm and no induction necessary". As a mom who struggled with a 42 week induction with my first baby, then went on to have a healthy birth naturally at 42+5 with my second baby, it was so important to me to see that we were both part of a growing network of women who were truly supported and empowered. It's happening!!! Right here in Buffalo!! CHANGE!!
Liz went on to train as a doula and join the Buffalo Doula Collective. A trained birth doula, she's also very interested in helping postpartum moms adjust to motherhood, offering some incredible postpartum packages.
She's listed right here on Welcome Mama, along side all of our other local doulas. Please go give her page a like and check out what she has to offer.
Contact her today for your birth and postpartum doula needs.
Liz Beyer-Partin Doula Services
phone: (716) 465-2182
Hi. I'm Lindsay. Daughter, sister, wife, mother and collector of useless (and useful) information.