No need to write a novel, since so much of your D-day is subject to last-minute change. But here are the top questions modern mamas should ask themselves and discuss with their docs and partners.
Keep your birth plan as concise as possible -- and make sure your partner and relevant family members, like your mom or sister, know your wishes too (hospital staff can be notorious for not reading birth plans thoroughly).
___ Will you have a labor coach? Who will it be (can your husband handle, or are you better off designating Mom)?
___ Who do you want or (sometimes more importantly) don't you want in the delivery room? Any special instructions (everyone stays north of your belly button, for example)?
___ Are there some people you'd prefer to visit soon afterward instead? (You adore your sis-in-law, say, but can?t deal with having an entourage in the delivery room).
___ Will someone be taking photos or videotaping? Does the hospital allow it?
___ Do you want anything special in the room, like a labor playlist on your iPod?
___ Would you like to move around during labor?
___ Want pain-relieving meds ASAP, or are you adamant about trying a drug-free birth? (Many preggo women have a strong stance on this matter. If that?s you, make sure your doctor's well aware of it).
___ How do you feel about being induced?
___ At what point or under what circumstances would your doc perform a C-section? Are you likely to need one (because you're carrying twins or have a health condition that increases your odds), and is there anything you can do to avoid having one?
___ How often and in what situations does your doc do episiotomies? If you feel strongly about avoiding one, ask how you can prevent tearing during labor.
___ Do you want Dad to cut the umbilical cord? Will you bank the cord blood?
___ How soon after the baby's born will you and your hubby get to hold her?
___ When will baby's first feeding occur?
___ Will you nurse or bottle-feed? Want help learning to breastfeed? Will you let baby have supplemental feedings of formula or bottled breast milk?
___ Will baby sleep with you or in the nursery?
___ Where will your partner hit the hay? If you?ve already got kids, who?ll look after big brothers or sisters?
___ If it's a boy, will you have him circumcised? If so, when?
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