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Healthy pregnancy by Lynn Huggins-Cooper, Infinite Ideas

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12. The best-laid plans…

Birth plans – waste of time or vital tool? How do you make one?

What is a birth plan, and how – and why – should you make one? How do you negotiate the plan with your healthcare providers?

A birth plan is a list of preferences for your birth experience, to help guide your healthcare providers when you might be ‘otherwise engaged’! But how do you know what your preferences are? The answer is, a great deal of reading, talking to other new parents or even online communities. There are lots of choices to make and things to think about. Start your plan by writing a list of everything you want at the birth. Rank your list, and take the top seven or eight to write into a birth plan. These are not the only things you care ...

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