Creating a Birthing Plan

Organizing and preparing for your new baby may be two of the most difficult things during your pregnancy. One great way to help with preparing for the baby is to develop your own birthing plan.

A birthing plan is a collaborative document that expresses your desires, needs, and beliefs for the big day of delivery. There are many great resources and worksheets available online for you to fill out, print, and talk over with your doctor. A lot of first time mothers don’t even realize that they may have these options available to them.

Birth plan options may range from medication, vaccinations, birthing equipment, and noise level to visitors during your labor and delivery. Some women don’t have many preferences; they just want to have a healthy baby as soon as possible.

On the other hand, some women want to make these decisions in order to have their ideal labor and delivery. Whichever situation you find yourself in, below are some questions every expectant mother should at least consider.

The above list is just a few of the options that are available for you, your partner, and your baby. Having your birthing plan completed beforehand makes it easier for everyone, and it ensures all your needs and wants are met, reducing unnecessary stress. Not to mention, it has the biggest benefit to you because you have the labor and delivery you want and need.

If the online version of the birthing plan seems too impersonal because it doesn’t leave space for writing your own notes and specifications, you can write your own very simply. If you aren’t sure exactly where to start, use the online forms as a template, and then go from there.

If you are making an adoption-related birthing plan, many of the questions are still the same. But, there are additional questions to which you should pay particular attention.

Keep in mind that communication is the key to figuring out your answers to all these questions. Talk these things over with the adoptive family and anyone else that will be involved. Understanding each other’s wants and needs is a great way to help the birth and adoption process run smoothly, assuring both sides are happy and content with the final outcome.