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Have the Birth Experience You Want
How to Create Your Own Birth Plan

Many health-care providers today encourage pregnant women to write out a birthing plan an outline of what you want to happen during the birth of your baby and how you feel about various options in the labor and delivery process. This is a good stimulus to thinking about what you want and expect out of your childbirth experience. Your plan is also a good vehicle for communicating your preferences and expectations to your care providers.

A birth plan should include the following:

An introduction, telling your care providers about you and your partner.
Details about your general health.

What kind of birthing environment you want music, soft lighting, etc.

Who you want to be present at the birth.

Details about your preferred labor position(s).

How you want to deal with pain.

Details about your desired delivery position(s).

Who will cut the umbilical cord and whether a male baby will be circumcised.

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