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Are birth plans necessary?

Are birth plans necessary?

No: Most women do not create a birth plan. Millions of women have given birth successfully since the beginning of humanity without having a birth plan. For some creating a birth plan provides comfort and sense of control over what can be a scary time. Do not feel pressured to create one if you do not want to. ...Read more

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I've never had a normal period, and am 20 yrs old. I have not had a period in two yrs. Only had them while on birth control. Is plan B necessary?

I've never had a normal period, and am 20 yrs old. I have not had a period in two yrs. Only had them while on birth control. Is plan B necessary?

Yes: Use plan B because you may ovulate and not realize it. Then get on birth control pills to get your menses. No menses can increase your chance of uterine cancer later. ...Read more

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What is a birth plan?

What is a birth plan?

Birth Plan: Some people have specific things they would like to do at the delivery of their baby. Discuss these in advance with your ob-gyn and pediatrician to find out what is realistic and safe. Remember that the baby didn't read the plan! the most important thing to do is to stay flexible. If the mother or the baby need a different treatment, be prepared to adapt as needed. ...Read more

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Do I need to create a birth plan?

Do I need to create a birth plan?

Not specifically: It is important that you & dad discuss many issues about the process & be ready to help the delivery team help you.Things like who will be present at the delivery, whether you want to go natural or have an epidural, etc. All should be discussed beforehand. The l&d crew will be following protocols meant to assure safety for you & baby. Since they do it every day, they can help you have a good experian. ...Read more

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When should we be done with our birth plan?

When should we be done with our birth plan?

Work with your doc: Birth plans can be tricky. You are deciding what you want to have happen in a situation that isn't controllable. Talk to your doctor. Try to remember that this birth is one day in your life. As long as you have a healthy baby in your arms at the end of the day, that's a perfect birth experience. ...Read more

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What are some good tips for creating a birth plan?

What are some good tips for creating a birth plan?

Think it through: Talk it out, be flexible & take time to research. This tiny space is small to give answer but pick your priorities: natural childbirth, family present, fetal monitoring, labor augmentation, mood--music & light in room, pain control, push position, episiotomy, umbilical cord cutting, cord blood, when c-sxn, doula, breast feeding. So many questions! your provider will give you a worksheet to help! ...Read more

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Please tell me about a very healthy birth control plan soon after babay delivery?

Please tell me about a very healthy birth control  plan soon after babay delivery?

Many options: There are many options. You may want to consider a copper iud, a Progesterone iud, Nexplanon implant, condoms, birth control pills, the contraceptive patch, NuvaRing or the depoprovera shot. ...Read more

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I plan to breastfeed immediately after birth. I do not want to naturally breastfeed the whole time. I rather use a bottle. how to go about this asap?

I plan to breastfeed immediately after birth. I do not want to naturally breastfeed the whole time. I rather use a bottle. how to go about this asap?

Very common: Most women can't breast feed on the breast all the time. It is very common to pump and then feed the baby with a bottle. This provides all the nutrients of breast feeding on the breast. This also allows your significant other to help feed. Purchase a good breast pump and right from the beginning start storing you milk (freezing) and building your supply. Just transition the baby to the bottle. ...Read more