Dad and the Birth Plan-Part 2

Remember that your birth plan is a work in progress. Review it with the doctor and your partner. In addition, consider asking veteran parents about their labor and delivery stories. 

If you can't find a template through your doctor or would like another option, check out this birth plan worksheet.

And be sure to check out my earlier post on creating a birth plan.

Attention, Please!!

Each birthing experience is different, so don’t expect that your plan on paper will predetermine events in the way that a wedding plan might. The healthiest approach is a flexible approach; don’t be wed to your birth plan.

There's no guarantee that a breech baby won't poke a big hole in your quiet, incense-laden plans for the birth. In the end, the first priority is always the safety and health of the baby and mother.

Just because you;re an expectant Dad, you don't need to have strong feelings about any particular element of the plan, and it's okay to change your mind. In fact, it's important for you to stay flexible because you may need to change parts of your birth plan.

Make sure you deliver a complete copy to your doctor and the hospital or birthing center, and tell them to attach it to your partner's medical record. Make sure you have a copy, too, and bring it with you when your partner goes into labor. That way, if you go into labor while your doctor is out of town or off duty, you can just give the birth plan to the doctor who does attend you (it may also be in your partner's medical records), and he'll have a concrete guide to your approach. Simply put, a birth plan is worth the effort.

Adapted from Idiot's Guides: Pregnancy for Dads by Joe Kelly, copyright 2014 Alpha Books and used by permission.


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