What is a birth plan?
It’s essentially a blueprint of the type of birthing experience you’d like to have. It can cover anything from not allowing students in the room to requesting delayed cord clamping.
Working in healthcare I knew that I didn’t want to be “that patient” who is overly demanding, inflexible and a control freak but there were certain things that I wanted in place, such as, I wanted to attempt a natural birth but please let me know when the “point of no return is” in case I miss my window for an epidural (I ended up getting an epidural btw)
I created my birth plan a few
weeks days (yikes!) before my due date. I was overwhelmed with all the choices I had to make, I remember frantically googling at my desk for “birth plans” and being overwhelmed with all the options out there.
Perhaps you’re the type of mom that wants to be in control of everything, and that is perfectly fine, Earth Mama was a fantastic starting point because it is so inclusive of everything you could ask for!
Click Here to access their FREE birth plan, it will cover every single thing that could ever come up.
“Earth Mama’s Free Birth Plan asks the birth preparedness questions you might be too tired, excited or overwhelmed to ask”
Give it to your nurse as soon as you’re roomed, let them have a moment to go over it with you. Have them write the most important parts of it on your hospital board, such as who cuts the cord or if you’re adamant about delayed cord clamping
This is what My Birth Plan looked like
As they say “the best laid plans often go awry”, know that sometimes some things will just not go as planned and that’s ok too, but by creating your birth plan you at least will have a better idea of what you will want if things tend to deviate from the original plan.
No one ever goes into labor wanting a cesarean section, but after completing Earth Mama’s Birth Plan you will now have a better idea of what you want to happen in the operating room.
I hope this helps you mama!