When you go into labor, you might not feel like answering a lot of questions or waiting on your preferences for comfort to be fulfilled. It’s smart to develop a birth plan prior to your labor day to communicate your preferences to those involved in your delivery. A birth plan is a document that shares your preferences with your family and patient care team. Creating a plan ahead of time can provide peace of mind leading up to your special day and during your stay in the delivery room. Remember who, what, how, and where when developing your birth plan.
Who will be in the delivery room when it comes time for you to deliver? Specifying who you want ahead of time can let everyone involved know where to be at the right time.
You have plenty of options to make your day special. Decide what would make you most comfortable.
When the time comes and you experience the aches and pains of labor, how will you manage it? Choosing your preferences will help your care team know what to do when you experience pain.
The following options vary depending on where you are giving birth. Different facilities offer different amenities and services, including when it comes to the care of your newborn.
Keep in mind that not everything may go according to plan; however, it’s important to have confidence in your patient care team. Discover the amenities and services offered at our Family Birthing Centers to give every mother the VIP—Very Important Pregnancy—experience.
American Pregnancy Association - Creating Your Birth Plan
Baby Center - Birth plan: Your expectations and preferences
American Pregnancy Association - Having A Doula: Is A Doula For Me?
Evidence Based Birth - Evidence for the Saline Lock during Labor
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