So what's your take on it? I'm thinking of writing one just in case for whatever reason my midwife isn't there while I'm in labor. Have you ever written one? Would it just be a waste of time for me to write one and print out a few copies?
Should I even bother writing a birth plan?
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30% - No there's just no point in doing so.
45% - Yes. I did it and it made the whole experience much easier.
I consider them a jinx. Know what you want to happen and discuss it with your nurse. Everytime a patient brings one in, it never goes according to that plan! One of my patients ended up with a Csection! Always makes me feel bad.
I think making one will help you educate yourself on so much more. Looking up examples and such you may find things you'd never heard of and then get to learn about. I found that knowledge and preparedness (even if it's not "to plan") really helps.
I will be working on writing it out with my Dr. Even if things don't go as planned, it gives me a measure of control and that is something I desperately need. That way, my Dr will know how I feel about procedures and medications, so she can act accordingly, even if it doesn't go exactly as planned.
I answered yes but mine didn't help me. I ended up having to be induced so most of my plan went out of the window and none of the staff even read it. I prefer to have a birth plan more as a tool to help me research things and for my support team to know where I stand on issues. I also try to birth as naturally as possible for the circumstance so there are a lot of regular policies that I would go against. It helps to have it written down to remind me what is what. And it is a good tool for going over with the doctor before hand.
I did with my first one. I had an awesome book to follow for example. Now I need to write another one, the previous one has been lost, and I have gotten rid of the book. I've been trying to follow some online but they just seem weird to me. So I may just have to go off what I remember and hope that I don't forget anything.
I didn't do one w my first son cuz it was a whirlwind birth. He came a little early and I was induced. Being my first time I thought I had time. This time I'm not gonna bother. I know now that even if I did one chances are it wouldn't go exactly as I want. Nothing ever does :-( I know what my limits are and what I will and will not tolerate. I think voicing that this time will be more effective than a piece of paper.
But I do agree with doing one as a means to help research and educate yourself. That way you're not completely in the hands of someone else when it happens.
There are several important reasons to make-have one, so it's worth doing! :-)
Even if your MW is there, you'll still be attended by strangers (if in the hospital-- which is among possibilities even if unplanned), you will learn a lot about your options while creating the BP, and you can use it as evidence should there be a dispute at a later point, too.