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I have been thinking about birth plans lately, and I was wondering, what exactly do they include? I know that I really need one, expecially since I want a natural birth but also want to be prepared if I end up with an emergency C-section or other interventions. How does one go about creating a birth plan? This will be my first, and we mostly likely will give birth in a hospital.
I think birth plans are great, because they give parents to be a chance to really become familiar with all the aspects of labor and aftercare. I usually like to extend the warning though that everyone on your birth team should be very familiar with each point and the reason for what you have chosen, and to be in full understanding that no one might even read it, or care. Hopefully you get a caring respectful nurse, but there are no guarantees.
I had my daughter in a hospital (it was a small, quiet, NCB friendly hospital) and while no one pushed anything on me during the birth, regarding the baby aftercare, I had to remind them more than a dozen times of what we did and did not wish for. We did rooming in and our daughter never left our sight or the room. If you feel strongly about certain aspects of the baby aftercare, you do have to be watchful. Sometimes they just get in the zone of doing what they normally do and that type of thing. I don't mean to make it sound like the nurses are evil, just busy! Everyone gets used to a routine.
here are some more specifics regarding baby aftercare-