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birth plan

Written specifications for the management of labor, delivery, and recovery as desired by the expectant mother or couple and approved by the physician or midwife. Components usually include pain management techniques and comfort during labor; medications that may be used; family participation and other maternal supporters; methods that may be employed for anesthesia, delivery and monitoring; and early care of the newborn.
See: Lamaze method; Leboyer method
See also: plan
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Mr Tweddle said: "There needs to be a clear birth plan to deal with pregnant women leading up to delivery, during delivery and what happens after.
BIRTH PLANS THE excitement around giving birth means 36% of mums plan the type of birth they want even before becoming pregnant, and the study of 2,209 mums found the most desired birth is a hospital water birth (34%), followed by normal delivery in hospital (33%), home water birth (15%) and normal home birth (12%).
Together the midwife and parents developed a birth plan which involved discussion, open communication and documentation in the clinical records.
Finally there is a chapter on the creation of a birth plan including what to consider if things do not go according to plan.
Overall, 62% had a birth plan, 74% had adequate knowledge of danger signs, while 64% and 37% reported maternal and newborn complications respectively.
Choosing Cesarean: A Natural Birth Plan considers the fact that cesarean delivery is often portrayed as an emergency procedure, not as a choice a woman and her physician may make for elective reasons, and it provides an argument that such perceptions of cesarean are misguided.
A birth plan is a great way to become educated about all the available options in case you have to make some fast choices.
Some say they have no desire to experience a natural delivery whatsoever, and others are making an informed decision about which birth plan they perceive to have the most tolerable risk factors and also the most desirable benefits.
It also gives parents a sample birth plan for reference.
A few months ago, when they created their birth plan, it seemed like a great idea to have me drive my aunt from the airport--now it seemed that my tardiness could ruin everything.
Melbourne, July 08 (ANI): Australian singer Dannii Minogue gave birth to baby boy Ethan at a Melbourne hospital after her home birth plan was halted at the 11th hour.
When I get a birth plan, I read it from top to bottom and I go over it with them," said Velas, who teaches at Moorpark College and practices at three Ventura County hospitals.