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Birth Plans [Q&A with mom friends]

I want to provide an opportunity for you to hear from other mothers about having a birth plan/not having a birth plan so please enjoy these questions and answers from some dear friends of mine who are in my circle.


Sarah M.

1. How many kids do you have/how old are they? 

I have 1 son, who is 16 months old


2. What kind of births did you have with each of them (vaginal, c-section, medicated, unmedicated etc.)

I had a medicated vaginal birth. I was also induced due to high blood pressure. 


3. Did you have a birth plan in place? Why or why?

I did not have a written birth plan. I had a plan in my head, or more of an idea of what I thought it would look like or how I hoped it would go. I just knew I wanted an epidural and I wanted to have a safe delivery to a healthy baby. All the other stuff, I was planning to "roll with".


4. Did your medical care provider suggest writing one or ask you if you had one?

To my memory, my doctor didn't mention anything about a birth plan during any my prenatal visits. When the day of delivery came, the only question I was asked about the birth was "Will you be wanting an epidural?" 


5. Did you feel educated on your birthing options? Why or why not? 

I thought my only options for birth are vaginal or c-section, and drugs or no drugs. I always assumed a c-section was only in emergencies or elected due to a medical issue or risk. But the extent of my knowledge was not from my OBGYN. It was from my mom, friends, or school. 


6. Do you feel happy/content when you reflect upon how your births took place?

I do feel happy about how the birth of my son went! It was long, about 29 hours from induction process to birth; I ended up getting an infection with a fever and everything and had to have meds put in my IV, they had to turn his body, he was born just after midnight and I was starving... but all in all, it was a life-changing experience, for many reasons.  


7. How do you think having a birth plan would have effected your births?

I would have liked to have had a plan going in so that would have relieved some of the stress of the "unknown". I think I would have felt more confident and comfortable in the process!


8. Would you recommend having a written birth plan to women who are pregnant? 

If you are pregnant with your first child, I would write a birth plan. Having a written, formulated plan and an idea of what you are wanting/expecting, will seriously relieve some anxiety! Do it. Learn from my mistake! 


Jessica C.

1. How many kids do you have/how old are they? 

3: Jude (9), Endy (7), Phoenix (4)


2. What kind of births did you have with each of them?

Jude: Induced vaginal medicated birth. First one! Jude was 4 days late and he was looking pretty big, so the doc decided to induce. He ended up being 10lbs! Endy: Because Jude was so big and could have caused troubles with recovery (thankfully everything healed fine), we were told to have a c-section with Endy. The doctors fear was another 10lb baby and said my body would have a hard time handling that. He ended up being 8lb 15oz Phoenix: Another c-section. Recovery was a lot harder this time around! Phoenix was 8lbs 14 oz


3. Did you have a birth plan in place? Why or why? 

I did not. I had heard the word “birth plan” floating around but really had no clue what it was. Honestly, I didn’t think you had much of a say in how you wanted things to happen


4. Did your medical care provider suggest writing one or ask you if you had one? 

I had three different doctors, one for each child because of moving locations, and each doctor asked if I had a birth plan but they did not explain what it was.


5. Did you feel educated on your birthing options? Why or why not? 

No way! I always approached doctors thinking “don’t challenge their expertise”, after all, they had way more knowledge and education than I did in this area, so I never asked questions. I wish I knew about birthing options!


6. Do you feel happy/content when you reflect upon how your births took place? 

When I look back, I don’t have much to complain about. I think I received the best possible care for the route we took. If I had to do it all over again, I would definitely ask more questions, seek out answers and find an approachable source to bounce ideas off of.


7. How do you think having a birth plan would have effected your births? 

I think it would have given me confidence when walking into my births! I didn’t know what to expect and didn’t know I had much say in what was going on. I think if I had a birth plan, I could have dialogued with the doctors and asked them specific questions that might have guided my birthing experience in different directions than what they ended up being.


8. Would you recommend having a written birth plan to women who are pregnant?   

Yes! Find someone (a doula) that is an approachable and unbiased source that can steer you in a direction you want to go!


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