Here's my birth plan so far:
- Soothing music - check.
- Baby out within five minutes of first contraction - check.
- Nothing rips or tears - check
- No odd or embarrassing bodily fluids leave my body - check.
Where does one even begin a birth plan? Yes, I want it to go well and smoothly ... okay, birth plan is complete. Guess the hospital staff and my midwife are probably looking for something more detailed, huh?
My next appointment with my midwife is this week, and I found a blog post with five questions to ask the doctor before going into labor. Seems like a good way to help me formulate a birth "outline" versus a detailed plan.
Five questions to ask before giving birth:
1. What is your c-section and episiotomy rate? How far past my “due date” can I go?
2. If all is well with mom and baby, do you allow intermittent monitoring (freedom to move around as you please)?
3. May I labor in any position I find comfortable and effective?
4. May I push my baby out in any position I find comfortable and effective?
5. What is your philosophy on birth? If I choose not to take pain medication, are you fully supportive of natural birth? Or do you prefer your patients to have a medicated birth? If I have had a previous cesarean, do you support VBACs?
The following poll about birth plans was posted on babycenter.com: If you wrote a , did it make your and delivery a more positive experience?
- 46% Yes, it helped me get what I wanted.
- 54% No, it went out the window once the contractions started.
Perhaps I should have a few bullet points written down so I'm not completely dumbfounded during the process. Babycenter.com also had a handy dandy birth plan checklist where I can select what I would like to include in the special day. This seems like a good way to get started, and I can also bounce it off my midwife - thank goodness for sites like babycenter!