What kinds of things should a Birth Plan Include?

Abirth plan can include anything that you want it to include.  It can be as simple as addressing a few basic issues, such as the location of the birth and pain management options.  It can be detailed enough to even specify what music the mother would like to listen to in the labor and delivery room.

There are some basic things that a birth plan should include.  A birth plan should include some basic personal and biographical data about the mother and her partner.  It should contain information about her insurance coverage, her health care providers, and any other essential contact information.  In addition, it should include other basic information.  It should indicate where the birth will take place, whether this is going to be a home, at a birth center, at a hospital, or at some other location.  It should also include the woman’s approach to pain management, whether she will be having her baby naturally, and what sorts of pain medication will be acceptable, if any.

A birth plan can cover a great many other issues.  It can indicate who the mother wants to allow in the labor and delivery room.  It can provide important preferences about the birthing environment, such as lighting and music.  A birth plan can specify certain privileges, such as having a phone available, or being able to use a camera.  It can also indicate, for example, if a woman wants to be able to wear her own choice of clothing.  A birth plan can include alternative treatments, such as aromatherapy, acupuncture, or massage that should be used during labor and delivery.

A birth plan can, and probably should, include medical concerns as well.  Whether or not you want to have an IV can be covered.  Pain management can be covered, as well.  This may include the types of pain relief that you may or may not want, as well as indicating what method of natural child birth (if any) you will be using.    Whether or not you want to have continuous fetal monitoring, or whether that monitoring should be internal or external can be addressed.  Whether or not to try to avoid an episiotomy can be discussed, as well.  Even requiring a second opinion before having a C-section can be addressed.

Ultimately, a birth plan should include everything that a woman and her partner would like to see during the birthing process.



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