Your birth plan

Creating a plan, getting your questions answered, and being prepared for the unexpected

birth plan blog post - birthing ball picA “birth plan” is like a game plan for your baby’s arrival.  You have little control over when your labor starts, but a birth plan ensures that you, your partner, and your care team are all aware of your wishes on some key things like pain meds, the people involved, episiotomies and cord cutting.

When to start your plan:

Usually I discuss the birth plan with my patients at the beginning of the third trimester.  Often it is the childbirth classes she takes that help a woman make decisions about the type of birth she wants. If a woman has not taken classes, I suggest other resources available online or at the library that will help her make choices regarding her baby’s birth.

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Expecting a baby during flu season?

Newspapers, web pages, and the evening news have constant reminders of the people who are a priority for receiving flu vaccines (particularly H1N1). Are you on the list? If you are pregnant, you probably already know that you are in the high priority group for receiving the vaccination for the H1N1 flu. Continue reading