Don’t Tell Women There’s No Point Making A Birth Plan

http://www.mumfidential.com/dont-tell-women-theres-no-point-making-birth-plan/

 

Don’t make a birth plan, it’s pointless, because birth is completely unpredictable.

If I had a pound for every time I’ve heard a woman being given this crappy nugget of pseudo-wisdom, I’d be rich enough to start my own luxury birth centre in St Lucia.

It’s fabulously convenient to tell women this, actually, because not only does it totally discourage them from researching their birth options, making a plan and thus becoming one of those ‘tricky customers’ in the birth room who knows what she wants and isn’t afraid to ask.

But also, once birth is over, if the birth was difficult or even downright unpleasant, you can ask her, “Did you make a birth plan?”, and if she says yes you can shake your head and say, “Oh dear”, in a way that basically implies, “I told you so”, and bingo, the whole sorry mess is her fault and everyone else is off the hook.

Actually, making a birth plan is one of the very best moves a pregnant woman can make.

 

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BIRTH PLANS: 5 THINGS TO CONSIDER

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/aug/20/tp-5-things-to-consider/

 

Preparing a birthing list can be overwhelming. With so many things for expectant mothers to consider, doctors are sometimes handed lists that are pages long.

“Some moms come in with a three-page birth plan,” said Patricia Achilly, a certified nurse and midwife with Kaiser Permanente, San Diego. “When that occurs, we need to have a discussion with her on how birth actually is and present it in a more realistic form.” (click link to read article)