Birth plans are great tools, but it’s important to stay flexible—even with your birth plan. More in week 27.
While developing your birth plan, you might want to think of it as your birth “preferences.” So much can be unknown before you give birth for the first time and if you get hung up on very strict birth plan “rules,” you might end up with unnecessary guilt or disappointment afterward. For example, if you plan on not having an epidural but change your mind, it’s OK and doesn’t make you a failure. It means you thought things through ahead of time, but modified your decisions as you needed! Always bring a copy of your birth plan to a prenatal appointment to review it and make sure your provider is agreeable to your wishes well before you go into labor, and bring multiple copies to the hospital in case they get lost when the time finally comes.
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Reviewed by Dr. Jen Lincoln, April 2020