There is a great deal of excitement and anticipation when you are expecting—will the baby be a boy or a girl? What will he or she look like? Along with readying your home with all the requisite supplies and adorable clothing, it is also essential that you spend some time planning for the actual labor and delivery. After all, the birth of your child is a momentous occasion, and taking the time to consider your choices and share your birth plan with your doctor will help to ensure a successful delivery. Here are some questions to consider when creating your birth plan:
Do you want to take pain management medication?
Deciding if you want any pain management medication often constitutes a significant component of the birth plan. Some women choose to go through delivery without any medication. Other expectant mothers wish to have some pain management assistance, and then there are some women want an epidural as early as possible into labor. All of these options are equally valid choices. When determining your birth plan, be sure to discuss your pain management wishes with your primary obstetrician.
Do you have a preferred birthing position?
Some women would rather not be in a reclined position during delivery, which is typically the most common birthing pose. If you desire another delivery position, take time to inform your doctor of your preference well ahead of birth so that your hospital can make the necessary accommodations.
Do you have any Cesarean or episiotomy considerations?
No matter how well thought-out your birth plan, sometimes your baby has other ideas in mind. It may happen that your obstetrician brings up the need to perform an episiotomy or Cesarean before or during your delivery. If you have strong thoughts on either of these possibilities, don’t wait to communicate your thoughts to your doctor.
Do you desire additional accommodations?
Your hospital wants to make your birth as comfortable and special as possible. Therefore, be sure to indicate if you have any additional requests for your delivery. If you would like special lighting, music, or other accommodations, include these aspects into your birth plan and inform all necessary healthcare providers prior to delivery.
Memorial Hospital provides a personalized birth experience for every expectant mother. To schedule a consultation with our birthing center specialists about your birth plan details, please call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (800) 530-3244.