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8 Important Things I Will Have on My Birth Plan & Why You Should Make One Too!

By Devan McGuinness |

why you should have a birth plan via Babble.comI know, I know, I am not pregnant yet so what’s the deal with thinking about birth already? Well, honestly you can never really be too prepared and since this is going to be my last pregnancy and last labor/birth experience, I am hoping to make it memorable, positive and with no regrets.

For me, it helps that I have been through full-term labor and birth three times already. While every one has certainly been different, I have learned how well I cope, what things helped me along the way and approximately know how my body reacts and with all that, I know what I prefer to happen and what I prefer doesn’t happen.

There are some people who would say I am silly for making a birth plan. They may roll their eyes at me thinking that I am not going to be able to predict how things will go and I’m just setting myself up for disappointment if things don’t ‘go my way’. I think precisely that’s why we all need a birth plan, it forces us to think about it, for ourselves and research all the options we have and not just go by what our doctor wants. Sure, there are some situations that may arise (like an emergency c-section etc.) that can be out of your control, but if spend some time thinking about that before labor starts you have a better chance of getting the birth you want — even with extenuating circumstances.

Click through to read 8 important things I will be putting on my birth plan:

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8 Things I Will Have on my Birth Plan

No Induction Earlier Than 38.5 Weeks

Not something many have to put on their birth plan, but for us we do. I have to be induced due to medication I need to be on (can't go into labor while on the meds). I don't want pregnancy to be stopped too early, and can't risk going into labor on my own. This is my compromise spot, but would like to be later if my cervix isn't changing much.
Photo credit: IV Bag on Shutterstock

By making a birth plan you increase your chances that you will not get unnecessary medical interventions. It kind of forces you to think about what you want and don’t want. As long as you’re reasonable and look at different possible scenarios, it can set you up for the perfect birth (yes, even if it’s not your ideal) and leave you feeling in control, which you should be.

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Devan McGuinness

Devan McGuinness is the writer of the lifestyle blog Accustomed Chaos. After surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan founded Unspoken Grief, a resource and support site for perinatal and neonatal loss. Read bio and latest posts → Read Devan's latest posts →

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