This week for the Mom Explores Book Club we read “A Baby is Born” by Melanie Zanoza Bartelme. As you may know, this is an especially timely story for me, as I am due with baby #2 in just about a month! I loved reading about all the baby animals being born.
In the story, babies are born in different settings and at different times, and they’re all beautiful. Inspired by this, as well as in the midst of doing research for my own upcoming labor, I created a free printable geared towards other expectant moms. This week I was inspired to create the template for a birth plan.
There are so many options for laboring these days, it’s especially important to research all of your options. There are pros and cons to every decision, there’s no right way to do it. Delayed cord clamping, epidural, keeping the placenta are just a sampling of the decisions to make.
Note: Please research the policies of your hospital or birth center, as some of the given choices may not be choices where you give birth.
I’m such a visual person, and I love having lists, so keeping this all to one sheet where you can circle your wishes keeps things simple. This list is not exhaustive, so please use the space on the back of the page once you print it to take any more notes about your ideal birth. Once things get going, you will not want to think about these decisions, and you will definitely want to take the time to think about them before you’re in the moment!
I hope you find this helpful! Check out what the other Mom Explorers are up to this week:
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