"If you come in with a birth plan, you're gonna get a c-section."
A running "joke" that if you specify what you want out of your birth, the Labor and Delivery staff will make sure you end up having surgery. Not funny.
L&D staff are wonderful people (mostly). With good hearts, that love birth, and truly want to help you and your baby. In a lot of hospitals though, they have too many patients, and too little time to invest a lot of energy in reading something and remembering a birth plan you bring in.
Enter a visual birth plan.
I'm certainly not the first to come up with this. I just believe in the helpfulness a quick one page, easy to glance at list of birth preferences can be during labor and birth.
That is why I'm offering to create a custom visual birth plan for each of my doula clients after our first prenatal appointment. We'll go over what Mom (and dad) finds most important, and what choices they would like to convey to their L&D staff.
During labor we'll put this up in the room, so that everyone who comes in can clearly see it and easily know your choices.
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