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Making Your Birth Plan

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Making Your Birth Plan

What is a Birth Plan?

It is essential for any woman who wants to have some control over her labor experience, as well as ensure that she receives the kind of medical care that she desires. A birth plan does just that — it is a document that allows expectant mothers to outline their preferences and expectations for labor and delivery.

You can work alongside your OB/GYN or midwife to form a birth plan that feels comfortable and right for you and your baby. Here are some steps to get started:

What to Include in Your Plan

There are many different elements that can be included in a birth plan, including:

  • The type of labor and delivery you would like to have.
  • Whether or not you want pain medication during labor.
  • Who you would like to be present during labor and delivery.
  • Preferred labor positions.
  • Preferred interventions or medical procedures during labor, such as epidurals or forceps deliveries.
  • Your preferences for postpartum care.

When to Start Planning

While some experts recommend starting a few months before your due date, others suggest waiting until closer to labor to finalize the details. Ultimately, it is up to you and your healthcare provider to decide what timing works best for you and your baby.

Planning for the Unexpected

Remember, you should discuss your plans with your healthcare provider to ensure that they are on board with your preferences. However, it is important to be flexible and realistic in your expectations. Labor can be unpredictable and can cause the need for unplanned procedures such as emergency C-sections — so it is important to be prepared for anything!

Women & Infants Pavilion in Lancaster

With the right preparation and support, you can make it through labor feeling healthy and strong! At {Site:BusinessName}, our Women & Infants Pavilion provides care for the women and children of the Antelope Valley and surrounding communities. We offer prenatal care to expectant mothers through clinical evaluation and services.

Learn more about this program and our extensive women’s care services by visiting us online today.