Creating a Birth Plan is a great idea regardless of where you are birthing. This makes sure that you and your care provider are on the same page in terms of what you want for and from your birth. When you're in labour you will not want to spend a lot of time explaining your wishes. It's nice to have people just know their role and what's expected of them, this makes for no suprises with conflict in your wishes.
Some considerations of things to include:
- Your desire for a doula or photography
- Who will be present at the birth
- Interventions that you DO NOT want: if there are alternatives of homeopathic or natural options have these available
- Where do you want to birth: the pool, bed, birthing stool
- Delayed cord clamping
- Who will receive the baby
- How & what position you want to push in: directed pushing or instinctual pushing
- What you would like to have done with your placenta from keeping it to bury, lotus birth, encapsulating or having it disposed of
To learn more about birth plans visit this site or any other resources you can find online.
This birth plan article may also provide you with additional things to consider in your birth plan.
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