Now we get to the part of the plan where you start to think about where you would like to give birth, birth plan: environment. There are many different venues to give birth. The top 3 most used facilities for giving birth are 1)hospitals 2)birthing centers and 3)at home.
For the majority of expecting moms, hospitals are the number 1 choice for giving birth. Most everyone has seen the inside of a hospital and knows, somewhat, what to expect. Set up a hospital tour for the labor and delivery floor prior to your due date. You will feel less anxiety when you know what to expect out of your environment.
Some hospitals have a birthing room. These birthing rooms can have a more home like setting to help you feel more comfortable. Ask your preferred hospital if they have birthing rooms.
Birthing centers are often used by expectant mothers because it is less invasive and allows for a more natural birthing experience. However, if you have a high risk pregnancy birthing centers are not recommended. Certified mid-wives are on location but these centers work closely with hospitals and will transport you to a hospital if the need arises.
You can even give birth at your own home. Although only a small portion of expectant mothers choose to give birth at home, it is growing in popularity. Of course, there are risks involved and you need to have qualified professional nurse or mid-wife and a back up plan should an emergency arises.
The 3 major venues for birthing are hospitals, birthing centers, and at home. When you are still doing your research in your decision, check out https://www.parents.com/pregnancy/giving-birth/labor-and-delivery/checklist-how-to-write-a-birth-plan/. They explain things to think about it when making your decision such as preferred birthing apparatus, fetal monitoring, circumcision, etc.
I hope this article, birth plan: environment, has helped you in some way. I know it’s an overwhelming time so please grant yourself some grace. 💕 This is YOUR plan. It can be as simple or as complex as you’d like. Next week, I will continue this series on birth plans.
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I am married to the love of my life who has recently retired from the Army. We are back “home” after being away for 21 years. We have 3 young boys and 1 daughter who is pursuing her college career. As a photographer, I specialize in the newborns and maternity portraits. I just love the amazing process of pregnancy and then having that sweet, new bundle of joy to love. Capturing all that is so important and I feel so blessed to be a part of this special time in my client’s lives.
August 9, 2021