Recently I came to know that one of my distant relative is expecting their baby in few months and they happen to stay in US and when I asked her if she is ready with her birth plan she was clueless what was it? I had to explain her why is it necessary and benefits of it. After speaking with her I thought let me give a template here for my readers so that it would benefit mom-to-be and dad-to-be to become an active participant in the birthing process.
I really want every mommy to create a birth plan. We have so many options and decisions to take during the pregnancy term. It’s a right of the mommy to decide how she needs her labour to be? These has to be communicated to the Gynaecologist. This can be done with a birth plan.Birth plan is your voice and the birth experience is the bonding between you and your bab. I am sharing my personal birth plan (word for word!) in hopes that other moms-to-be can benefit from this birth plan template.
Here’s a little background on my personal birth plan. Being a First Time Mom, when I said this to my family all looked at me puzzled as back in India this wasn’t a scenario at all. The first question they asked me was how did I know all about it. Thanks to the power of Social media and I gained thorough knowledge on this through them. Back in India we have full family support so I had my mom and sister to pack my hospital bag, getting stuffs required for the hospital stay. My birth plan was ready when I was 7 months and things were communicated with the doctor. Though she wasn’t agreeing few stuffs the main things which I wanted to happen happened with almighty’s grace. Please read on for my birth preferences and to download my birth plan template.
What Is A Birth Plan?
Baby’s arrival is special to the family. Birth of a baby is a journey between you, your baby, father and the doctor. The ultimate goal is to ensure both the baby and mommy to be healthy and safe. For most of the family they know only two kinds of birth 1. Normal Delivery and 2. C-Sec. But we have many things apart from that too. Your birth may turn out just as you hope it’ll be, or it may take a little diversion from the planned agenda or it might come out in a very different plan. It may even turn out to be nothing at all like you had planned. It’s best to plan for the unexpected, and remain flexible regarding how your birth story unfolds. But, you should still take the time to learn about your options during birth. Being an active participant in your Baby’s birth is a right of a mom or a must I will say. There are a lot of options you can have a say in, and that’s why I am strongly in favour of having a birth plan.
Your birth plan is your voice.
If you create a birth plan it means you are taking efforts to learn about the available options and the doctor can know about your preference and request. You should remain flexible in the birth plan for sure. But being flexible it doesn’t mean to accept everything that is offered to you. The Birthplan is a voice during the labour and after the birth of the baby. You don’t have to repeat each and everything again and again. With the plan the doctors and team will know your preference and act based on it.
Should You Make A Birth Plan?
Yes. It’s a must!
By making a birth plan it doesn’t mean you are dictating your doctor who is experienced well. Just a plan to make them understand what’s your preference and how strong you are in terms of confidence. It’s to empower to communicate the choices, preferences and intentions you have made.
I’ve crafted my birth plan visually with natural, unmedicated birthing in mind. It consists of data from the start of the process till Nursing. If you need Tips for nursing in Joy without pressure you can check here. But if you don’t know whether you’d like to go all-natural, you can simply download and modify the natural birth plan template I’ve provided below, and modify it according to your own preferences.
For the ease of the doctors/medical team let the birth plan be simple and easy to read. I preferred the visual plan as it would be easy to understand.
While creating a plan keep this also in mind for a clear plan
1. Compile all considerations
2. Consult the Gynaecologist
3. Being an Active participant
4. Stay Positive
Compile All Considerations:
I wanted few things such as staying active, delay cord clamping, skin to skin contact, breastfeeding, wearing my own dress during labour etc., to happen. So these are the examples for a birth plan.
I hope that my natural birth plan template has been helpful! If you found this useful, please share this post and be sure to download the natural birth plan template in PDF format below. Customize it for your own birth preferences and be sure to have your doctor approve it. Let’s plan our birthing experience and stay blessed that our plans go Live!!