Pregnancy - birth plan
Birth plans are guides that parents-to-be make to help their health care providers best support them you induring your labor and delivery. There are lot of things to consider before you make a birth plan. This is a great opportunity for you to educate yourself about the various practices, procedures, pain relief methods, and other options that are available during childbirth.
Your birth plan can be very specific or very open. For example, some women know they want to try to have an unmedicated, or "natural," childbirth, and others know they absolutely do not want to have unmedicated childbirth. Most want to explore their options and see how their own labor is going before making these decisions.
It is important to share your birth plan with your doctor or midwife well before your delivery date.
Below are many of the things you may want to think about as you create your birth plan.
Take time to think about your choices. Write them down. Talk to your partner as you make your birth plan, as well as your doctor or midwife.
Pregnancy - birth plan
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Updated by: Cynthia D. White, MD, Fellow American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Group Health Cooperative, Bellevue, WA. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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