You have around 10 weeks left of your pregnancy. As the “birth” day approaches, it’s important to sit down and create your birth plan.
A birth plan gives you the opportunity to discuss with your partner and healthcare provider how you’d like your labor and child’s birth to be orchestrated. Participation in a childbirth education class can give you a better idea of the options that are available and activities that promote a healthy birth. When developing your birth plan, bear in mind the medical team may need to deviate from some of your plan based on unexpected complications.
Having a documented birth plan can help ensure your wishes are known and carried out to the best of the health team’s ability.
But What Should I Include?
Here’s a basic checklist of items to consider for your birthing plan. Be sure to confer with your partner and verify that you both agree with what’s in the plan.
- Who do you want present in the room?
- Do you want a doula—a non-medical assistant who provides emotional and physical support for both mom and her partner?
- Do you have a certain position from which you want to give birth?
- Do you want to be able to eat and drink in labor once admitted to the hospital? Please note: Healthcare providers in a hospital setting are more comfortable with having IV access. Therefore, talk to your provider about a saline-well as opposed to an IV drip.
- Do you want any pain medications, and if so, what are your preferences?
- What types of pain relief, such as massage, use of a tub, and hot and cold packs, do you want to have?
- Do you wish to wear your own clothes?
- Would you like to listen to music?
- If a cesarean if necessary, do you have any particular requests?
- List any additional desires you may have, including preferences for your postpartum stay.
Once you and your partner have agreed upon and written out your birth plan, share it with your healthcare provider to ensure your wishes are manageable and everyone is on board.
- During week 30 of your pregnancy, your baby is approximately 15.15 inches long and weighs around 3 pounds. His or her eyes have become more developed and can now tell the difference between light and dark.
- Many women report an increasing amount of backaches around week 30 of pregnancy. This is mainly attributed to weight gain and the baby’s growth. However, other factors, such as posture, may be contributing to the pain. Experiment to see if correcting poor posture improves your back pain. It might take a while to get used to, but the pain relief will be worth it.