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              HOW TO CREATE A SIMPLE, ONE-GLANCE  BIRTH PLAN  FOR BUSY NURSES TO FOLLOW

            HOW TO CREATE A SIMPLE, ONE-GLANCE BIRTH PLAN FOR BUSY NURSES TO FOLLOW

These pointers apply to all types of birth:

Hospital (natural / induction / epidural / medicated / c-section)

Birth Center (with or without complications) 

Home Birth

 

Birth is Beautiful. No. Matter. What.

 

As a Doula and Childbirth Educator, I get asked a lot of questions about actually planning for the big day itself. There is A LOT more to consider than simply choosing either a medicated or un-medicated birth.

What is the point of a Birth Plan?

According to Mayo Clinic:

“Although you may have in your mind how you want your baby’s birth to be, your choices may not be heard effectively if you don't have a birth plan. Who do you want present in the delivery room? Do you want to be offered medication for pain management? If so, what type of medication? Do you want a natural birth and to use alternative measures for comfort? Do you want to freely move around during labor? Do you want to use hydrotherapy? Do you want your baby continuously monitored? These are just a few items that can be included in your birth plan.”

 

Birth can sometimes be described as a marathon, which is why it is so important to prepare and PLAN well.

A lot of the process is unpredictable but I am a firm believer that it is definitely not uncontrollable.

You, dear mom-to-be, have an immense amount of power over the decisions made about your body and your baby, even in a tight situation!

Your choice, your voice.

 

That is what led me to offer: 

BIRTH PLANNING SESSIONS

On the day of your session, we will explore topics like:

1.    What is your dream birth?

  A *sample* of the Custom Visual Birth Plans I make.   Nurses, OB's and Midwives are often busy and have more than one birthing mother to attend to at a time! They also change shifts.  A Birth Plan bridges the gaps in communication to keep your wishes met and distractions to a minimum on your birthing day. 

A *sample* of the Custom Visual Birth Plans I make.

Nurses, OB's and Midwives are often busy and have more than one birthing mother to attend to at a time! They also change shifts.

A Birth Plan bridges the gaps in communication to keep your wishes met and distractions to a minimum on your birthing day. 

2.    What kind of birth does your current pregnancy indicate? (any complications, prior birth experiences)

3.    Which procedures are you comfortable or uncomfortable with? P.A.I.N and F.E.A.R (options, alternatives)

4.    How to know you have chosen the best provider for your hopes and goals

5.    How to talk to your healthcare provider about these topics (big one)

6.    In case of emergency or change of plans…

7.    What parts of birth does your partner understand or have no understanding of yet? (crucial)

8.    What will be your partner’s role in labor? (resources for guidance and ideas)

9.    Newborn Care

10.  Tips to prepare and plan for the best possible experience and outcome

+ PLUS, anything else you would like to talk over with a Doula! (within time limits)

 

(Value: $95)

HOW:

6 simple steps below =>

1.    CALL or EMAIL and request a free 20 minute phone consultation (introduction, tell me a bit about your pregnancy, current plans, partner role etc)

2.    *Pick a date and time (Starbucks, Panera etc. for example or your Home)

3.    Place deposit ($25 – included in total value) via Paypal

4. Receive a form by email that helps you consider and pick what you would like and what you would not like for your birth

(The form does not have to be complete for you to return it, just as much as you are able to fill at the time. Options you put down can be altered over time as it is OK to change your mind and plans in the process).

- If you already have a written birth plan, you can email it to me, to give me an idea of the resources to prepare for you and what topics we will focus on.

5. *Meet in person. {1 hr to 90 minutes long} You get to ask questions, get guidance, tips and resources. We will work on completing your Birth Plan.

6. Receive your finalized Custom Visual Birth Plan (sample pictured above) via email to print and take along.

 

===> plan a session <===

Other Options

*PHONE AND EMAIL PLANNING ONLY:

For those that would find communication via phone and email enough, and opt out of meeting in person, the process is the same except for Steps 2 and 4.

You will have access to me by email for the duration of time that it takes to finalize your Birth Plan. (about 1 – 2 weeks)

(Value: $50)

 

**CONVERT WRITTEN PLAN TO VISUAL TEMPLATE: 

If you already have a written Birth Plan that you are confident about, and would like it converted to a Custom Visual Birth Plan, email it to me (with payment via Paypal) and I’ll return it to you completed within 1 week.

(Value: $30)

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Wishing YOU all the BEST,

Caroline J., Doula

PDCBE