Tips for Creating the Right Birth Plan
The last few months of pregnancy can be a busy time for families. Along with adding the final touches to the nursery and selecting a pediatrician at the local hospital, expectant parents often develop a birth plan. This is a simple document that expresses your preferences for your birthing experience. At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center , our obstetric team strives to adhere as closely as possible to parents’ birthing preferences. You can learn more about the maternity services available at our hospital in Thousand Oaks by viewing this video.
Your Birthing Preferences
Your birth plan can state your preferences for medical care. As you’ll learn by watching the video featured here, it’s important to choose a hospital that features a Level III NICU and maternity operating suites, just in case. For example, it is possible that a Cesarean section or an episiotomy might be indicated. Your birth plan might state that you prefer to avoid these procedures whenever possible. However, if either of these procedures is indicated, you would like to be fully informed and to be an active participant in the decision-making process. Your birth plan can also describe your preferences for pain management, pushing guidance, and positions during labor.
Your Ideal Setting
Labor and delivery is quite literally a life-changing event. To ease the stress of the situation, your birth plan might express your personal preferences. For example, you might prefer that, whenever possible, the lighting in your birthing suite is kept low and noises are kept to a minimum. Some expectant mothers like to bring their own soothing music to play during labor.
Your Support Team
Your birth plan can list the people whom you would like to be present during labor and delivery. It might include your partner or other close family member, for example. If you’ve been under the care of a midwife during your pregnancy, your birth plan will likely state that you prefer to have delivery support from your midwife.
At Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center, we firmly believe in providing maternity services that are centered on the needs of the family and the birthing preferences of the mother. Our hospital in Thousand Oaks combines high-tech services with a personal touch. For further information about the accommodations, amenities, and healthcare services available at our Birthing Center , please call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (805) 497-2727.