Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Birth plans

A birth plan is a record of what you would like to happen during your labor and after the birth.
To see an example of a birth plan, visit the online pregnancy planner. You don’t have to create a birth plan, but if you want to, your midwife will be able to help.
If you don’t have access to a computer, ask your midwife to print out a copy of a birth plan from the NHS Choices website. Discussing a birth plan with your midwife will give you the chance to ask questions and find out more about what happens when you are in labor. It also gives your midwife the chance to get to know you better and understand your feelings and priorities.
You will probably want to think about or discuss some things more fully with the baby’s father and friends and relatives. And you can change your mind at any time.
Your birth plan is personal to you.
It will depend not only on what you want, but also on your medical history, your own circumstances and what is available at your maternity service. What may be safe and practical for one pregnant woman may not be a good idea for another.
You may be given a special form for a birth plan, or there may be room in your notes. It’s a good idea for you to keep a copy of your birth plan with you. The maternity team who care for you during labor will discuss it with you so that they know what you want. But remember, you need to be flexible if complications arise with you or the baby. The maternity team will be able to give advice on your particular circumstances. Don’t hesitate to ask questions if you need to.
You’ve to know more about labor, birth and the first days with your new baby before talking to your midwife, to see if there is anything you feel strongly about and want to include.

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