Are birth plans very helpful?

Colleen - posted on 04/17/2012 ( 5 moms have responded )




I'm six months pregnant and was just thinking about if I should have a birth plan, things dont always go according to plan and I think I'd want to go with the flow and chose my birth type accordingly as I go through labour...with this in mind is it worth investing time in a birth plan?


Brianna - posted on 04/17/2012




i didnt have a birth plan with my first but now that im pregnant with my second i deffantly will have a birth plan. the reason why is when ur in the moment well ur in so much pain and so much happening sometimes u can say what u want and sometimes doctors just do things without asking things that u dont want. so my birth plan is simple... im pretty much gonna say

-I plan to go without drugs again so dont offer any unless I ASK

-I dont want the vaccum or anything like that used unless it has to and u MUST ASK ME be using them (with my daughter the doctor grabbed out the vaccum even though i didnt need it and didnt ask and well by the time he was ready with it baby was out lol)

-when baby comes out id like him/her to be put on my stomach or chest before being taken away as long as everythign is going fine and u dont suspect any problems with baby (with my first they just took her away and i didnt like that)


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Sarah - posted on 04/17/2012




Personally I think someone should go into labour KNOWING that they won't know what to expect. Whether it's your first, second, or fifteenth, every birth is different. Educate yourself on what can happen so you know what to expect if a complication arises or if you decide you need pain control you don't have to rely on someone else to make the decision for you. BUT, remember that you can't know the future, follow your doctor or midwife's advice, they'll get you through it.

Stifler's - posted on 04/17/2012




The hospitals procedures were what I wanted anyway so not really. They deliver the baby and put them straight on your chest whether it's vaginal or caesar then the baby has to stay in your room and don't give you drugs unless you ask.

Medic - posted on 04/17/2012




I had a birth plan and because I am slightly OCD it covered different senerios. I liked it because then it was in black and white what I wanted and there was not any room for people to try and convince me another way because I backed up what I wanted in mine with research. Going in I knew I was going to be induced and that I was going to be slightly sedated to keep my bp down so I just put all my wants and needs and absolute not wants down. I used the same plan for both kids.

Some of my friends have done basic outlines and left room for changes in theirs and they loved that they had something to read over when they were loopy or in pain so they knew their focus when they were of "sound mind".

Katherine - posted on 04/17/2012




Definitely. It's less stressful on you. If you know what you're in for and what you're going to do, it's much easier.

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