Q I am find­ing it hard to write my birth plan. Where do I start?

Mother & Baby (UK) - - HERE TO HELP -

Sara Wat­son, Suf­folk

Firstly, un­der­stand that your birth plan is a guide­line rather than a fixed de­cree. The word ‘plan’ sug­gests you can pre­dict what will hap­pen, so it can come as a shock if things veer off course. The last thing you want to do is feel like things ‘didn’t go right’. I pre­fer to think of this task as as­sess­ing your op­tions. It is a good idea to re­search all av­enues. Writ­ing things down will or­gan­ise in your mind what sce­nar­ios you’re drawn to: where would you like to have your baby? Who would you like present? What type of pain re­lief would suit? Re­mem­ber you’re al­lowed to change your mind. Be­ing open to all birth routes will equip you for feel­ing like you haven’t lost con­trol if your birth story un­folds in a nar­ra­tive you hadn’t pre­dicted.

AH

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