A Birth Plan - Creating your birth plan (English Version)

A birth plan is valuable guide for you and your caregivers during your labour process. It is simply a written description of your priorities and preferred options during labour and birth and afterward. The plan may be placed in your chart, where those involved in your care can read and consult it.

A birth plan has many advantages. Simply preparing a birth plan helps you focus your preparation on the various option (for example, natural versus medicated childbirth, circumcision versus no circumcision, breast versus bottle feeding). It encourages you and your partner to discuss your worries and expectations, and to come to agreement on what is important. During labour, of course, the benefit of the birth plan is that you do not have to take the time and trouble to tell each staff member your wishes on every option as it comes up.

Your birth plan may raise issues that could make you reconsider your choice of caregiver (or birthplace), If they are unable to provide you with the care you would prefer. Your birth plan can also act as a reminder for busy caregivers about the various issues you discussed at your pregnancy visits. Potential misunderstandings can be detected in advance, so that neither of you is caught by surprise when the stress of labour makes discussion difficult. Birth plans can meet the needs of many people, and serve many purposes.

The benefits of having a birth plan are :

  • A birth plan may enable a woman to identify her preferences and choices.
  • Writing a birth plan can help the partner and/or support person be united with the woman in their approach to the birth.
However, having a birth plan is NOT a must but it may help you prepare for childbirth  better.

When To Write A Birth Plan

Usually, you write a birth plan after you talk your childbirth plans with your healthcare provider and once you know what your hospital offers in terms of routines and care. It also a good idea to talk it over with your partner and your family, if they are going to be involved in some way. However, it is your body and your family needs to understand that you are the only one who can make some of the more personal decisions (for example, pain control)

Details Of Your Birth Plan

State in the birth plan you preferred method of delivery and discuss with your doctor the different possibilities. You should also state contingency actions should your choice of method is not possible when the time comes.

Many mothers-to-be are concerned about procedures like shaving, enema and episiotomy. Let's look closer at the procedures.

As far as shaving for the birth, it used to be commons practice for women's pubic hair to be shaved prior to delivering because doctors thought that eliminating the hair would decrease chances of infection. However, statistics showed that there were actually more instances of infection reported from shaving than non shaving.

"Is it necessary?" - These days, the most common practice seems to involve swabbing the crocth area in antiseptic before the birth instead of shaving. Usually, the only time shaving is required is when you have a caesarean birth.

Enemas are given to encourage bowel movement before delivery.

"Is it necessary?" - The use of enemas is highly debatable and some hospitals no longer give them to women in labour. One reason that enemas are given is that it is easier for the baby to descend because the intestine is empty. Some doctors, are opposed to their use because the mother may feel unnecessary discomfort and confusion; besides, even with an enema, there may still be excrement during delivery. There is nothing to be embarrassed about.

Episiotomy is the surgical enlargement of the opening of the vagina during labour.

"It is necessary?" - Episiotomy extends the vaginal opening along the perineum (between the vagina and anus) would reduce the risk of pelvic tissue tears and ease childbirth.

Can Your Husband be present during delivery?

It is important for a husband to know the facilities that are available at the hospital where the delivery of the child is scheduled. The husband should take into account the facilities on offer, and ensure that he can be present during labour birth, and in the period following the birth of the baby.

to be continued >>>>

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