The birth plan is one tool for preparing
the heart and mind for the wonderful
process of birth -
Oswego Hospital encourages its maternity patients to consider developing a birth plan. Many mothers, midwives and obstetricians find that a birth plan is important tool in outlining the goals and wishes of the birthing mother. It is a helpful document that allows everyone to have an understanding of a woman’s expectations.
Many decisions need to be made during labor, some of which come as a total surprise to the laboring woman. While writing a plan, pregnant mothers will have the opportunity to discover and consider these choices. A birth plan is a good way of exploring all the available options. It is a good way to start early on, before the labor process begins, to communicate with the people who will be at the birth.
Some experts recommend a short, concise birth plan, outline style. However, writing a simple essay style birth plan is also suitable.
The birth plan is one tool for preparing the heart and mind for the wonderful process of birth. It is an experience worth entering with ours eyes open, aware of our options, our risks and our maternal power.