Preparation is key, especially during pregnancy.
Giving birth is probably one of the most nerve-wracking scenarios to be in, even if you’re just a bystander. With all the panicking, screaming and overall chaos that’s happening, it’s extremely difficult to stay focused and on top of things. This is exactly why you must get ready beforehand.
One of the things expecting mothers do is prepare their own birth plans. Basically, a birth plan is a comprehensive checklist of your personal preferences and conditions when your day of labor comes. As a written document that you will have to meticulously put together, it should detail all your instructions no matter how small or insignificant they may seem at the moment.
To help you get started, we’ve gathered some of the most essential questions to answer when you’re finally crafting your birth plan.
What is your ideal birthing location?
Contrary to popular belief, a hospital isn’t the only place you can undergo labor. Some women don’t like visiting hospitals which is why they would rather give birth inside the house. With an on-call physician or a certified nurse or midwife, it’s arguably safe to deliver a baby at home. On another note, expecting mothers can also try birthing centers. These facilities are usually good for low risk pregnancies since they don’t use as much technology as hospitals. This should be your main priority when creating a birth plan since all other factors could change because of your decision on location.
What delivery method do you want?
There are many ways for you to give birth. In your birth plan, you could write your choice to go down the traditional road of having a vaginal birth, or you may choose to go for a C-section.
Nevertheless, you should still have a backup plan if you choose to go for normal delivery because things might not pan out the way it’s supposed to. There might be a sudden need for a C-section which is why you should still provide your doctors with your preferences.
Who do you want to be present?
Giving birth is hard enough as it is but it can be more difficult when you’re alone. Of course, you’ll want your partner and some family members there too; however, some hospitals have a limit on the number of people you can bring inside the room. On your birth plan, you have to rank all the people that you want to be with during that time so they would be able to fill the slots accordingly.
What is your ideal labor environment?
Most women say that it’s within reason to demand specific birthing conditions since it’s really going to be painful for you to give birth. With this, you can give instructions on your birth plan about things like music, lighting and overall ambiance. You can request to have the lights dimmed, you can have your favorite soothing music be played, or you can even request for a shower.
Moreover, you can make special requests such as your specific birthing bed that caters to your most comfortable position. A lot of these beds are structured in a way that could support positions such as lying down, kneeling, and squatting.
There are still a lot more decisions to be made regarding your birth plan that have to be ironed out before the big day comes. The aforementioned questions are only starting points in creating the perfect birthing environment for you. Make sure to answer these questions honestly because at the end of the day, you’re the one who will be enduring all the pain when your day of labor comes.