Nothing Going On tonight? Why Not Develop a Birth Plan?

Been to antenatal classes? Got a bit more of an idea about what’s going on? Why not kick on back with a glass of sparkling water and develop a birth plan with your dear one?

Nothing going on? Why not develop a birth plan, note that we've made this photo all fuzzy, like those other pregnancy books.

After the antenatal classes (and after reading about 250 books on pregnancy) your partner probably has a vision of how she wants her baby born.  However due to the rather unpredictable nature of childbirth sometimes some folk don’t to get the experience they were after which can leave them with negative feelings about the birth. That’s not cool right! What can you do to help prevent this happening?  Why not consider a birth plan. Its a document that your partner and your good self put together that helps guide the labour and birth thing! Use the information you have both gained from antenatal classes or from your care giver and try and work it into a plan (use some of the information in chapter 5 if you want).

Sample Birth Plan

Support people

Who do you both want at the birth?

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What do you want them to do?

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Labour and birth

Do your partner have idea about how would like to give birth?

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What are your partners feeling about pain relief?

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If your partner wants pain relief does she want to try them in any special order?

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What do you want to happen to the baby when he/she is delivered?

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Do you want to cut the umbilical cord?

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Do you want to donate cord blood?

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Any thoughts about the delivery of the placenta or what you are going to do with it afterward?

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After the Birth

Oral vs infection of vitamin K for the bub?

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Any thoughts about feeding the baby?

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Is there anything else you need?

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Remember that labour and birth can be a bit of a roller coaster and the situation can change quickly, so it’s a good idea not to be too attached to any particular part of your plan (a healthy partner and child should be enough!). A good birth plan can help your partner and hopefully assist in you both having the experience you want.

The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry!

(Translated from Scottish)

Robert Burns

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