I’m going to do what I want to do. I‘m going to be who I really am.
I’m going to figure out what that is.
– Emma Watson
Choosing between the 7 core birth options is a personal choice, a preference. For many women, pregnancy and writing a birth plan opens a huge world of strange, new choices to make. Many are based in personal desires; some are determined by your health status. Knowing your birth preferences helps you write your birth plan.
As you plan for your baby’s birth—and one of the greatest milestones in your own life — choosing what makes you feel happiest, safest, or most comfortable may need some thinking. But how do you think about something you’ve never done before?
When you write a birth plan, there are big categories to mention (like where you give birth). And there are smaller, more personal choices to include (like whether you listen to music during labor). Some of the answers to those questions are clear. And some are confusing, mysterious, or downright complicated.
Writing a birth plan can sound like a huge project, so let’s chunk it up into some basic questions
They’ll help you decide where you’ll feel best, what could help during labor, and how you feel fitting into established routines. Inside these big choices there are many smaller ones to make for your final birth plan and if necessary, your hospital bag checklist.
Here’s a quick list to help you begin to think about what matters—and what doesn’t —to you. Use the empty spaces to include something you consider important that’s not mentioned in the list.
Before you can write your final birth plan, there are other details to think about in each of the big categories here.
But with these big pieces in place, all those choices will be easier to think about. Here’s an excellent birth plan to help you make them!
To learn more about birth planning, download our free Birth Plan eBook now. After three years of research, collaboration with more than 100 childbirth experts and resource centers from Healthy Child Healthy World to the American Association of Neonatal Nurses, the Best Ever Baby Birth Plan Guide is available for a free download.
This new resource for pregnant families is a compilation of top tips and advice from more than 20 nationally-recognized experts in the field including renowned pediatrician, Dr. Alan Greene and GraceFull Birthing founder, midwife Elizabeth Bachner. These trusted experts offer thoughtful guidance for whatever type of birthing experience parents want, in whichever setting they choose.
Published: May 24, 2016 | By SP Turgon, Certified Labor Doula | Reviewed by: The Best Ever Baby Expert Team | Last reviewed: May, 2016