May 31, 2009

Preparing for Baby #6 - Birth Plan

Birth Plans

Initially, I completely rejected the idea of birth plans. Watching TLC's Baby Story, I had observed many moms-to-be freaking out because their labour didn't go as "planned"! My "birth plan" was get the baby out safe and sound, by any means necessary! However, my hubby wanted me to do one. He was worried something might happen to me during labour and he wouldn't know my delivery "wishes". I was resistant but looked into it to make him happy.

Now's where I admit I was close-minded and that "I was wrong"... he loves to hear me say that.

I had thought that a birth plan laid out your "perfect" delivery and I didn't want to have that expectation. However, it ended up being a great "what if" document, forcing me to make decisions now that would be difficult during the stress and exhaustion of delivery. It also allowed Dan and I to discuss how we'd like to handle different scenarios.

Birthplan.com, is a great site that allows you to make selections within categories such as labour, monitoring, and induction, specifying your preference for your delivery. It then emails you a formatted plan that you can bring with you to the hospital.

I recommend at least reviewing the online birth plan so you're aware of decisions you may have to make during delivery. Thinking it through will ensure you're prepared for anything. Remember that you can change your mind at any time!

Jen :)

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6 comments:

heather said...

Jen,

I've been thinking about you and checked today to see if there was any baby news. This time next week Jane will be in your arms. Good luck, and you'll do great!! I guess I'll have time to create another card!!! Heather Mac

Jen said...

Yes Heather, if you'd like I can lend you some markers this time ;) ha ha ha. Hope you are doing well - think of you often! xo

OMG Pregnant said...

Thanks for this, think I am going to follow your lead. I wasn't going to bother either, and just go with the flow, but now am going to check out that link.

Jen said...

Like I said... I am all for going with the flow and I still plan to do so. But at least now I know what I would LIKE to do if I am given any options :) ha ha ha. Good luck!

Jodi W. said...

Thank you for the link. I've been researching, but procrastinating getting my thoughts on paper. I just found your blog through topbabyblogs.com

I hope you're doing well. Looks like your due date was yesterday :)

Jen said...

Thanks Jodi, glad you found the post useful!