Elements of a Birth Plan

Keep your birth plan simple.   Nurses do not want to read birthing philosophy essays.  Simply create a list of things that are important to you.  Use bullet points instead of full sentences.  Phrase your requests or desires in a positive way; state what you want...

Mantras

Rhythm is important during labor.  Many women sway.  Some chant.  While it is not necessary, having a mantra can be powerful and help maintain rhythm during each contraction.  I have seen many women naturally and quickly discover a mantra as they are in labor.  Others...

Positive Birth Experience

The way a woman is made to feel during her birth experience will stay with her for the rest of her life and shape a part of who she is and how she views herself.  It is important to gain a positive birth experience.  Even if things don’t go totally as planned,...

Taking Notes

The day your baby is born is a pretty big day—one of the biggest of your life!  You may think you’ll never forget a single minute of it.  Time during labor is an interesting thing.  It’s as if you enter a time warp.  Minutes may seem to drag on forever, especially...

Why Use a Birth Plan?

A birth plan or a list of your birth preferences can help the staff at the birthing facility be able to meet your individual needs.  It also allows you to discover and communicate aspects that are important to you.   A birth plan shows two simple but powerful truths...

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