As a woman who has never given birth before, I’m not quite sure what to think about birth plans. From what I understand, you can’t REALLY plan out how labor and delivery will go, but you can hope that it goes a certain way and do your best to help that happen. Therefore, is there really a point to writing one?
I can’t believe I’m saying this. I am normally a huge planner and write lists for everything, but for some reason I think the best plan for my delivery is to not really have one.
If or when I do sit down with my hubby to write it out, it will probably go a little something like this:
- I’d like only necessary medical interventions.
- I want to be free to move around as I’d like.
- I do not want to be offered pain medication. If/when I’m ready for them, I’ll ask.
- I would like to push in whatever position feels comfortable at the time.
- My husband would not like to cut the cord.
- I would like to attempt breastfeeding as soon as possible.
As you can see, my plan is pretty much to go with the flow of natural labor unless I need medical intervention. Wouldn’t it be simpler just to tell the nurses each of these things as they come up? I know there are a lot of options that I’ve left out, such as rooming-in with the baby and exclusively breastfeeding. That’s because everything else that I’d like to do or have done is standard practice at the hospital I’m delivering at. Plus, my own doctor knows my wishes already. While I know I’m not guaranteed to have him delivering my baby, he has a much higher rate of delivering his own patients babies than most doctors in my area.
So my questions to you are: Did you find your birth plan useful? What do/did you think was essential to have on it?
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