Christian Doulas

Create a Birth Plan

Creating your own birth plan is a great way to let your midwives, nurses, doctors, and doulas know what you would like to include in your birth and what you prefer to avoid.  A birth plan does not guarantee that you will have the birth of your dreams, but it does allow you to make informed decisions about the kind of birth you would like to have.  


You can choose to use an easy birth plan  that you can simply check appropriate boxes to indicate your preferences, or you can  write a more personalized birth plan.

The plans birth professionals read the closest and are most willing to accomodate are the ones that are short and sweet.  A 5-page plan filled with hostility and  inflexibility rarely is taken seriously. Keep it simple, stay flexible, and be willing to work with your midwife or doctor.

Don't forget to add "early skin-to-skin contact" to your plan!

Subject: Early skin-to-skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants

Early skin-to-skin contact for mothers and their healthy newborn infants
Skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby at birth reduces crying, improves mother-baby interaction, keeps the baby warmer, and helps women breastfeed successfully.

In many cultures, babies are generally cradled naked on their mother's bare chest at birth. Historically, this was necessary for the baby's survival. In recent times, in some societies as more babies are born in hospital, babies are separated or dressed before being given to their mothers. It has been suggested that in industrialized societies, hospital routines may significantly disrupt early mother-infant interactions and have harmful effects. The review was done to see if there was any impact of early skin-to-skin contact between the mother and her newborn baby on infant health, behavior and breastfeeding. The review included 30 studies involving 1925 mothers and their babies. It showed that babies interacted more with their mothers, stayed warmer, and cried less. Babies were more likely to be breastfed, and to breastfeed for longer, if they had early skin-to-skin contact. Babies were also, possibly, more likely to have a good early relationship with their mothers, but this was difficult to measure.

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