The birth of your baby is a special and unique experience. Many women find it helpful to have a birth plan in place to help guide delivery. A birth plan is a written guide to your birthing preferences. It is given to the nurses and your physician when you arrive at the hospital to help the clinical staff understand your wants and needs during your delivery. It’s important to find a birth plan that is safe and can be accommodated by the hospital.
Your birth plan should include:
- Information about any health problems including gestational diabetes, Rh incompatibility or preeclampsia
- Who you want to be present during the delivery
- If you are having a vaginal birth, C-section or VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)
- If you want to walk during labor
- If you have alternative birthing requests such as hypnobirth
- If you want music, dimmed lights or quiet during your delivery
- The type of monitoring you would prefer for your baby
- If you would like pain relief including an epidural
- If you are planning to use natural pain relief such as massage and acupressure
- If you plan on having the birth photographed or videotaped
- Your preferences on episiotomies
- If you want to bank or donate your baby’s cord blood
- If you want to breastfeed your baby or use formula
Our staff is dedicated to helping you have a safe delivery. Talk to your doctor about the options you would like for your delivery. You may also want to attend one of the hospital tours to help guide your decision on where to deliver and what you would like from your birthing plan.