Giving birth is a serious process that impacts the health and well-being of both you and your unborn baby. Because of the range of factors that go into a successful birth experience, you will never know exactly what to expect.
Because birth injuries can happen, you may benefit from assessing your options beforehand. A birth plan cannot completely remove the risk of injury, but it may help you to advocate for the safety and comfort of you and your child.
Labor and delivery
Prior to delivering your baby, your body will need to labor and prepare for birth. A variety of resources and techniques can facilitate this process. According to KidsHealth.org, some of the things you may discuss in your birth plan may include the following:
- Laboring and birthing positions
- Pain relief
- Fetal monitoring
- Birthing environment
Depending on the circumstances, unexpected events may prevent you from having the birth you pictured. Your birth plan can also discuss your preferences for handling unexpected circumstances.
Following the birth of your baby, both of you will require post-natal care. A birth plan can address your desires for the type and frequency of care both you and your baby receive.
If poor communication, reckless behavior or negligence result in a birth injury to you or your baby, you may choose to take legal action. You should never have to suffer because of the actions of a medical professional you entrusted to provide vigilant care. Working with an attorney may allow you the chance to advocate for the safety of both you and your baby.