Health Tip: Develop a Birth Plan

Sept. 23 -- (HealthDay News) -- Creating a birth plan means being prepared for all of the questions and decisions you'll face during delivery -- and knowing how you want to handle them when they come up.

The American Pregnancy Association lists some factors to consider before your delivery:

  • Who do you want to be present during the delivery, and who do you want to help you through labor?
  • Do you want to be able to walk around during labor, or do you want to remain in bed?
  • Which activities and positions do you want to try during labor, such as walking around, sitting, squatting, etc?
  • What type of pain relief do you want, such as massage, pain medication, heat, ice packs, etc?
  • How do you want your baby to be cared for after delivery? Where do you want baby to sleep, and how do you want to feed?
  • Do you want music in the room, and do you want to wear your own clothing or a hospital gown?