Pregnant mummy: What is a ‘Birth Plan’?
So, it’s apparently the latest trend in Singapore… that is, for mummies to go to the hospital with a birth plan. Or so we’ve heard from the Customer Relations Executive during the Gleneagles maternity tour. Since I didn’t take any photos during the tour, I won’t mention more about it but you can read more HERE and HERE if you are curious/want to see some photos.
Anyway, I had no idea what is a birth plan so had to do some reading up… what I gather is that a birth plan is a record/plan of your preferences during delivery and after the birth (e.g. what to do to the baby). It also involves the father and your gynae, so obviously it’s best to first discuss with them e.g. do you want the daddy in the room, do you want him to be quietly supportive, or to distract you with jokes, etc? On a serious note, it also involves important stuff like pain relief, birth position, episiotomy, etc so yeah, it’s probably a good idea to think about your options/preferences no matter how horrifying it is to think about childbirth/delivery…
There are loads of templates out there, but to get started here are two for reference. Also in case you want to do some reading on the available choices, you can refer to the NHS site for some info.