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3 Tips for Creating a Birthing Plan with Your Doctor

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What to Include in Your Birthing Plan

Expectant families often create a birthing plan with their doctor or midwife prior to the labor and delivery process. However, it can be confusing to determine what should be included.

If you are struggling to finalize your birthing plan, here are three important items you should consider.

#1. Set Expectations Early On

When creating your birthing plan, don't forget to outline your expectations for the person delivering your child and others that may be present. Consider having an open and frank discussion regarding possible complications and safety considerations for mom and baby when unexpected events occur.

Under some circumstances, you may be meeting the labor and delivery team for the first time when you are about to give birth. Considering this, you may want to include a short paragraph in your birthing plan to introduce yourself and explain any additional details that may be relevant to know, including things such as preferred lighting and the number of visitors you are comfortable having in your room.

#2. Discuss Preferred Methods of Induction and Delivery

A crucial component of setting expectations is outlining what methods of induction and delivery you would be willing to consider. Be sure to ask about possible risks to mom and baby for all procedures and medications given to mom and baby. Discuss your options and indicate if you are comfortable with one or more of the following:

  • Amniotomy (the doctor breaking your water)
  • Using Pitocin to induce or augment labor
  • Using Cytotec to induce labor
  • Episiotomy (an incision to prevent tearing)
  • Forceps or vacuum delivery
  • Cesarean section

You can discuss other methods of induction and delivery with your usual OB-GYN or the person who will be delivering your child. It's also a good idea to have a backup plan included in case complications arise.

#3. Consider Your Newborn Procedure Preferences

One aspect of a birthing plan that may go overlooked is what you prefer to happen during postpartum care. Some factors to consider include:

  • Whether you want your newborn sleeping in the nursery or in the room with you
  • If you want any specific tests done immediately after birth
  • Whether or not you want your baby circumcised
  • Who do you want to cut the umbilical cord
  • How soon you want to hold your baby

You should discuss emergency care and your comfortability with having visitors come to the room during this period with your attending physician or nurse.

The Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, Inc. is Here for You

Creating a well-thought-out birthing plan can help you establish important boundaries during labor and delivery and ensure that the process best suits you and your growing family. Should any complications arise that result in the injury of you or your newborn, contact The Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, Inc..

Our team can help ensure your rights are protected if legal action needs to be taken. Schedule a consultation with our attorney by calling (410) 220-6581 or filling out this short form.


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