You’re feeling all kinds of uncertain at the moment.
Covid is still happening and effecting the provision of maternity services and; this might be your first pregnancy, you may want something different from last time but unsure how, or what, to ask for.
At this point in our conversation I’d be steering you towards writing a birth plan.
But why write a plan if you can’t control your birth?
I know, I know – you can’t control your birth so what’s the point in writing a plan? Well the simple answer is – if you don’t ask you won’t get!
There has never been a more important time to work out what you want and ask for it.
Going with the flow can only happen if you can relax because you know you’ve covered all your bases in your birth plan. You will know how to deal with issues if they occur. That’s why you write your plan, and then your write Plan B and C as well.
Knowing what you want and what to expect during labour means less fear!
If you have an idea of what’s coming and have strategies for dealing with it you’ll be more able to relax into the process.
Knowledge is always power
Writing a plan means you’ve taken time to find out about how birth works, how you want to support your body through the process and what to ask for if you need help.
It would be silly to think because the worst of Covid appears to be over for now that things are going back to normal. Maternity provision is still working under Cover based restrictions.
This means a lack of continuity of care for many, less face to face time with midwives and consultants. Many trusts still won’t let you have your partner with you until you’re in ‘established labour’. Which means if you turn up early in labour or you’re having an induction you may well be on your own for part of you labour.
We’re also coming across policies such as people not being admitted to hospital during birth until they’ve agreed to a vaginal examination. What if you don’t want/ can’t bear the thought of having one of these?
These policies and many more continue to remain widespread in maternity at the moment – do you know how to prepare for/ deal with them? You need a plan that deals with these things.
Even the best healthcare professionals are not mind readers
Writing a clear plan leaves no room for confusion about what you want for your unique birth experience.
But they also don’t want to have to read through pages and pages of detailed notes, asking you endless questions along the way.
Your birth plan needs to be clear and succinct.
Fear of birth
Some of the most common things I’m asked is how do I prevent tearing, or how do I avoid an induction, or how do I avoid an instrumental delivery?
Unpacking fear surrounding birth can be a lengthy process and good antenatal education will go a long way to help. See my antenatal education package here
But a major part of the answer is – write a plan!
Learn, at least, the basics about how your body works and how best to support it.
Make sure your birth partner is on board and knows how to support you.
Writing your birth plan
Because of all of the above I thought it was important to put together a quick workshop that was accessible for all parents.
Over 3 hours we will look at:
*Why and how to write a birth plan
*What to include and what to leave out
*A basic look at how your body works during labour
*Tips and tricks to support yourself through labour
*Things to bring with you for your hospital/birth centre birth.
Join me on 3rd October 2020 via zoom.
Investment £95.00 here. Tickets available here (limited to 12 spaces to ensure everyone gets time and attention needed)