As part of the HealthyBabyNetwork.com we try to make planning for baby easier and less stressful for mom (and Dad). Along with a free hospital bag checklist, you can also print a free birth plan to fill out and give to your birthing team.
A birth plan helps answer many of the questions and concerns around labor and delivery. A birth plan is designed to help you, your partner and doctor sort out all the options from pain management to birthing positions. It will give you an opportunity to discuss these options and help you be proactive in your care and help ensure that you have the best birth experience possible.
A birth plan is not a legally binding document but it serves as a guide for your birthing team. Your healthcare provider will always consider the health and safety of you and the baby and will act accordingly and will not put you at risk even if it means completely straying from your birth plan. In many cases, with labors without complications, your spouse, doula and doctor will help you to have the experience you want.
More than ever moms have options. Gone are the days of delivering a baby while Dad has a cigar down in the hospital waiting room. With proper planning and information, you can have a the birth experience you want. Good Luck!