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Birth Plan

Should you or shouldn’t you? Some people write a highly detailed plan, others don’t bother. Some maternity units, gynaecologists and midwives welcome a birth plan; others ignore them or even feel antagonistic towards them. Should you write one? The latest trend is to write a birth preference list, but do not hold on to it too vigorously. Most hospitals have their own procedures, which they will follow regardless.


The best reason for doing a birth plan is to force you to think about all the issues that could arise during the birth of your baby. There are a lot of choices to be made and having an understanding of these choices could help you during the birth. After giving these issues some thought, it would be a good idea to discuss them with your gynaecologist/midwife at an antenatal check-up rather than waiting till you are in labour.


The birth of your baby may not go according to plan. This can be very upsetting if you like to have everything well organised. You may be advised to write statements such as ‘I only want an episiotomy/Caesarean/foetal monitoring etc. if necessary’. This is unnecessary, as you will not have an intervention that is not required, either for you or the baby.


A few things to think about 

Remember to talk to the other people involved in the birth too. You may want your partner present at a Caesarean, but he may not feel the same! If you want your mom/sister/best friend to look after your other children when you go into hospital, be sure to ask them well in advance.  If you want any particular equipment such as a birthing stool or ball, check that the hospital will provide it, or whether you need to bring it with you. Not all hospitals have a birthing pool, for example, and you may have to change to a different hospital. Expect that everything in your plan could change.