A birth plan is a list of preferences on how you would like your birth experience to be. A plan helps your doctor know your wishes about pain management, delivery and infant care. It also serves as a starting point to open the communication lines with your healthcare team. Please remember that labor can be unpredictable, so good communication throughout the birth process is key to a positive outcome.
Items generally covered in a birth plan
- What are your wishes during a normal labor and delivery?
- How do you prefer your baby to be treated immediately after delivery and in the first few days of life?
- What are your wishes in the case of unexpected events?
Below are some examples of preferences to consider during labor
- Atmosphere. Do you want music? low lighting? DVD players and TVs are available in all rooms.
- Pain management. Do you prefer non-medicinal methods such as massage, meditation, shower/water therapy, walking around the room with frequent position changes? Or do you prefer IV pain medication or an epidural?
Here are items to consider for immediate care of your infant
- Umbilical Cord cutting. Which person do you want to cut the umbilical cord? Do you want the umbilical cord cut immediately or do you want to wait a few minutes?
- Circumcision. If your baby is a boy, do you want him circumcised?
Items to bring with you to The Family Birthplace
- Insurance Card
- Jacket for support person (even in the summer); rooms are regulated for mom’s temperature
- Glasses/contact solution/contacts (you will not be able to wear contacts during a c-section)
- Small bag of toiletries (to include toothbrush/toothpaste for self and support person)
- Item to focus on for breathing and contractions such as a picture or another focal point
- Camera, film, batteries to take pictures
- Anything which brings you comfort