Making a Birth Plan

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You are all excited for your new baby to arrive. Nursery ready? Check. Layette in place? Check. Baby’s name chosen? Check. Birth plan in place? Ummm not so much.

There are so many things to think about when making a birth plan: environment, pain relief, monitoring, baby care… and the list goes on. Making a birth plan can be daunting and that is why we love the Pregnancy Birth Plan Generator – it does the thinking for you so all your t’s are crossed and your i’s are dotted. The Pregnancy Birth Plan Generator is a free online, easy-to-use tool for creating your birth plan.

Nothing, however,Β  substitutes for the age-old wisdom of moms who have given birth. What advice do you have on creating a birth plan?

14 Responses to “Making a Birth Plan”

  1. Brynna September 26, 2010 at 8:57 am #

    I think it’s SO important for moms to know that they DO have a choice and they have RIGHTS. Moms should go into the hospital well educated on birth so that they know what is really necessary and what isn’t, and they can tell when something isn’t right. It’s a little more work to make sure you understand it all (and it does require more information that just what your OB will tell you), but going in to birth well equipped with a knowledge of a healthy, normal labor and delivery could just be one of the most important things you do for your baby!

  2. Alisha Kostiuk September 26, 2010 at 9:14 am #

    I wish I would have known about this before my chidren were born. I love your products. Keep up the good work with all of your amazing products.

  3. Threasa Smith September 26, 2010 at 10:05 am #

    I have been looking to make a birth plan but didn’t know where to start. Thank you for the suggestion. I’m off to check out the Pregnancy Birth Plan Generator now.

  4. Chelsei Ryan September 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    Wow this is an awesome resource. Wish I had known about it with #1. Well at least I can plan better with #2.

  5. Addison K.A.T. September 27, 2010 at 12:37 am #

    I think it is important to have a birth plan and know what you DO want. However I think a lot of people are under the assumption that because they have a birth plan, everything will go according to that plan. My biggest advice is to be open to the possibility of using your birth plan as more of a guideline rather than an actual plan because things don’t always go as planned.

  6. Mrs. Smitty September 27, 2010 at 11:11 am #

    I got lucky with my daughter’s birth. The OB I literally fell into using was amazing. He was very flexible and worked with me to develop my personalized birthplan. This is NOT common, most OB doctors want to do things their way, in the quickest, easiest way possible regardless of the patient’s wishes. My advice is to do your research thoroughly while you develop a birthplan. Don’t just listen to your OB if you aren’t sure of something, and stand up for your patient rights in getting the OB team to follow your birthplan. Don’t let them blow you off either. Only you are capable of conveying your wishes as a mother, so do it!

  7. admin September 27, 2010 at 12:08 pm #

    Mrs. Smitty,
    Thanks for your great advice!

  8. admin September 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm #

    Addison – the beauty of flexibility! Thanks for that bit of advice. Michelle

  9. admin September 27, 2010 at 12:18 pm #

    Thanks Chelsei! We always learn more with each day right? Hopefully we can help out as you continue your parenting adventure.

  10. admin September 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm #

    Glad we could help Threasa!

  11. admin September 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Thank you Alisha! Great having you as a Kolcraft fan.

  12. admin September 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm #

    Thank you for your great input. πŸ™‚

  13. brandy nelson September 28, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Unfortunately, all of my kids are scheduled c-sections, so my birth plan includes shaving my legs, washing my hair, painting my nails and putting on make-up, and getting to the hospital on time!

  14. admin September 28, 2010 at 8:20 pm #

    Good for you for putting together a “pamper” birth plan! Good idea. πŸ™‚