|What is a Birth Plan?|
|Thursday, February 06, 2014|
Many pregnant women ask, “Should I make a birth plan prior to coming to the hospital to have my baby?” Other women ask, “What is a birth plan? How do I know if I need one?”
A birth plan is a wish list of sorts - a written description of preferences of how an expectant mother wants her labor, birth, and postpartum care to go. Taking the time to make up a birth plan during your pregnancy can help you and your partner explore the birthing process in detail. Once you have your birth plan written down, it is a good idea to bring it to your midwife or obstetrician and discuss your specific wishes. The birth plan should then become a part of your chart.
These are just some things to consider when creating a birth plan:
When creating your birth plan, remember that during labor and birth, things sometimes do not go as originally planned. Flexibility and willingness to compromise is crucial when planning the birth of your baby. In the end, a safe labor and birth, a healthy mom, and healthy baby are the ultimate goals for you, your provider, and your nurses.
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Robyn Carlisle, CNM, MSN is a nurse midwife practicing in Sewell, NJ. Patients may call the Rowan University SOM Doctors and Midwives at 856-218-0300 for an appointment.