the birth plan

by Dia Hollenbeck Minkow

I often think that it is strange that a couple will go to great lengths to plan the perfect holiday, they will spend time together looking at brochures or checking out destinations and hotels online, they will read reviews, check out all the facilities available to them, plan what sports equipment they may need and possibly even buy some new clothes and all of this is often done months before the event. Then they sit back relaxed, happy and confident that they have done absolutely everything they can to make sure that they will have a fantastic time and they look forward to the approaching holiday without any fear that anything could go wrong, after all it’s totally planned! Seems sensible to me and probably to you as well but if so much care is spent on planning a holiday why would the same couple just drift into the birth of their baby without any planning whatsoever, it just doesn’t make any sense?

This is why writing a birth plan is so important, you only get one chance of giving birth to your baby and yes I know that all births do not go exactly to plan but 95% of births can be managed naturally and without any medical intervention if the mother is prepared, confident and approaches the birth of her baby without fear. By writing a birth plan it gives you the opportunity to research and become totally informed of all the different options that are available to you. A birth plan is an important tool for you to convey all of your preferences to your midwife or doctor in an easy straight forward manner. Don’t get me wrong if you haven’t got a birth plan they will still take care of you but you will be on the ‘medical treadmill’ where everything will be pretty much generic to every unplanned birth in that establishment and that is where you end up thinking, I should have requested……..

If you are armed with a birth plan that you have researched and written with your partner you both enter the birth of your child in a different frame of mind; it will give you confidence because you know if option ‘a’ is not available to you then option ‘b’ is a pretty good alternative. A birth plan will just prompt you into thinking about all the things that will make your birth a happy memory for you.