A birth plan
Norah Jones on the CD, a vanilla scented candle and giving birth in a bath…Whatever your dream birth consists of let everyone know.
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You and your partner should talk about it now and write it all down. That's a birth plan and you should share the ideas with your natal caregivers.

Start to prepare your birth plan this week, make notes of things you want to ask your doctor or midwife at your next appointment. Ask your doctor what your best options are from a medical point of view.

Keep your birth plan simple and flexible  - anything can change in the last moments of pregnancy. Once you have created a final version of the birth plan, you should review it with your birth partner to be sure it is clear and make sure all relevant people have copies.

Include basic info like:
  • Name, surname and ID number.
  • Birth partner’s full name and contact details.
  • Due date
  • Name and contact information of your doctor
  • Any medical conditions / allergies

Format of a birth plan

  • Place birth will take place
  • Type of birth
  • Pain relief option
  • Birth Partner
  • Atmosphere during labour and delivery
  • Photographs and filming
  • You / your partner’s contact with baby after the birth
  • Care of your baby after the birth
  • Care for your other children while you’re in hospital.
  • Make a list with contact numbers for:
  • An emergency
  • The hospital / birth centre’s number
  • Your doctor / midwife’s number
  • Your birth partner
  • Your spouse (if not the same as birth partner)
  • Other children’s school / day care
  • The address of the hospital and directions to get there.

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