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Bringing baby home – The birth plan
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baby birth plan

There are numerous aspects to birth that need to be considered or revised as the date approaches. Hence, it is best not to wait until the very last moments to make any such monumental decisions. One major way to avoid such last-minute hassles is to determine your birth plan ahead of time.

What is a birth plan?

A birth plan is a simple, one-page statement summing up your preferences for the birth of your child. Providing a copy of the plan for your medical team involved in the birth will help them better understand and give them the opportunity to resolve issues beforehand.

The plan will provide an opportunity for an effective discussion of all important details with those responsible for the birth and well-being of both you and your child.

Important considerations

Find out all the routine policies and procedures relevant to your birth setting. It is important to discuss all your doubts and queries with your health care provider.

The following is a list of things you should to consider:

  • Who do you want to be present in the labor room with you?
  • Do you want to be able to move around, or do you wish to stay in bed?
  • What activities or positions do you plan to employ for delivery? These include walking, standing, squatting or being on hands and knees
  • Consult your doctors about your pain management preferences. If you aim for an unmedicated birth, you should consider working with a support team or use various labor props, such as a shower, tub, birthing ball, birthing stool or squatting bar
  • How do you feel about fetal monitoring?
  • How do you plan to stay hydrated? Your options include sips of drinks, ice chips or an IV
  • Be prepared in case your labor stops progressing. Your medical team may recommend procedures such as augmenting your labor or breaking your amniotic sac
  • Would you agree to have an episiotomy? If not, your medical team can guide you on when and how to push. You could also follow your body’s natural inclinations
  • After a vaginal delivery, the baby is usually placed on the mother. You can decide if you prefer to hold your baby skin-to-skin immediately after delivery or would want your baby dried off or bathed first
  • Apart from special medical care, you can ask for all procedures and tests to be done while your baby is in the room with you
  • State any preferences you might have for your baby’s care, such as when to feed or where to sleep
  • Do you want a routine IV, a heparin/saline block, or neither?
  • Do you want to wear your own clothing?
  • For home and birth center births, what are your plans for hospital transport in case of emergency?
  • If you need a c-section, do you have any special requests?

Your birth plan should be designed with a positive outlook. Instead of making a list of what you don’t want, focus on what you do want. Try to remain reasonably flexible in your desires because things don’t always go according to plan. Remember, the important thing is the safe birth of your little bundle of joy.

Sovereign Health of Arizona is a leading behavioral health center, devoted to the evidence-based treatment for substance abuse disorder and mental illness. Our aim is to see our patients not just succeed in treatment but thrive in their normal lives as well. If you or a loved one is in need of professional help, call us right away through our 24/7 helpline.

About the author

Sana Ahmed is a staff writer for Sovereign Health Group. A journalist and social media savvy content developer with extensive research, print and on-air interview skills, Sana has previously worked as an editor for a business magazine and been an on-air news broadcaster. She writes to share the amazing developments from the mental health world and unsuccessfully attempts to diagnose her friends and family. For more information and other inquiries about this article, contact the author at

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