Creating a Birth Plan
A birth plan allows for everyone involved in the birthing process to know what your wishes are for before, during, and after labor. A birthing plan contains information such as: your healthcare provider, who you want present during labor and birth, what positions you want to be in for labor, if and what drugs you would like to ease pain during labor, if you want to breastfeed your baby, if you want your baby boy circumcised, and special traditions that take place when the baby is born. These are some examples of what can be included but it is up to you to decide what you wish to include in the plan. Depending on the practices of where you are giving birth, you may not have to include certain things in your birth plan because it’s the standard of practice. There are many templates online that allow you to customize your birth plan.