There are many fears of pregnancy, and even more so those of childbirth. Who has never trembled when hearing the word episiotomy? But generally when we panic it is that we don’t have all the cards in hand even if we have a ton of appointments where we could have planned questions to reassure ourselves. The birth plan is interesting in the sense that it is sometimes difficult to know what you want for your birth and baby.
1-What is a birth plan?
2-Why make a birth plan?
3-How to carry out your birth plan?
What is a birth plan?
A birth plan is a document on which parents indicate how they would like the birth to take place. Generally, you can write it with the liberal midwife or the maternity midwife. You can start this pregnancy project whenever you want, even if it is usually written in the ninth month. It can be funny to see your demands from the beginning of pregnancy when you are at term and your vision of childbirth (and your body) has evolved well.
The birth plan is not engraved in the rock, if you change your mind once you are at 7cm of dilation, nothing will stop you! Well, then it is up to the medical profession to see if it is feasible, of course. When you have finished your plan, the midwife can then discuss with you to see how your expectations can be met depending on who will assist you during your delivery.
Why make a birth plan?
There are several reasons to write a birth plan even if there is no obligation. This is something that is unique to every woman and mother-to-be. Here are some reasons: 1-To be reassured about the progress of her delivery. 2- To allow you to tell the medical team what you want for you and your baby on the day of delivery. 3-The idea is that it should be done as much as possible in the way parents see the birth.
How to carry out your birth project?
All you have to do is write down your birth plan on a piece of paper and give it away on the day of your delivery so that it can be included in your medical file. Personally, I advise you to print several copies, just in case. It would be silly to panic over that when your water has just broken.
If you wish, you can send a copy to the staff so that they are aware of your plan. The paper will be signed by both parties - it is a bit of a moral contract between you and your doctor, but it does not oblige him to do everything you have written.
You will have to talk about it together to see if you can reach an agreement (I know that hormones work on you amicably, but that’s no reason to torture him).
But before it comes to that, you still have to make this list of things you absolutely don’t want. Among the top, we find the famous episiotomy, but also the cesarean section and the epidural, which is not really surprising.
On the other hand, women can ask to take part in their delivery or have their partner present even if you have a cesarean section (hoping he doesn’t pass out). In short, you can say anything!
A little advice? Take advantage of your medical appointments, especially the one with the midwife, to approach the grey areas.
Have you ever done a birth plan for one of your births? Could you consider doing so?