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I went through a lot of trouble getting pregnant and want delivery to be perfect. Can I write out my plan and insist ob follow it?

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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
19 doctors agree

In brief: Not really

I am sorry getting pregnant was a problem but congratulations on achieving this goal.
You OB is an expert on pregnancy, labor and delivery and is as vested in a good outcome as you are. Unless you have special training in this area, i would carefully follow the advice of your ob. Most pregnancies do well and yours probably will also. A few get into trouble usually not from a bad plan.

In brief: Not really

I am sorry getting pregnant was a problem but congratulations on achieving this goal.
You OB is an expert on pregnancy, labor and delivery and is as vested in a good outcome as you are. Unless you have special training in this area, i would carefully follow the advice of your ob. Most pregnancies do well and yours probably will also. A few get into trouble usually not from a bad plan.
Dr. Richard Bensinger
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Dr. Gregory Hines
When I did OB, I would refuse a patient with a care plan that she expected me to follow.
Dr. Richard Zimon
You cannot have a "plan" for a delivery..... plans change ..often fast!!!
Dr. Stephen Sudler
Obstetrics & Gynecology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Healthy mom and Baby

Feel free to write a birth plan to discuss with your ob, and should do so.
Understand that childbirth is a biological process over which you nor your OB have complete control. Events may occur requiring change or even mostly discarding your birth plan. Your OB has a duty to do what is best for you and your baby, even if that is not what you had hoped and anticipated. Goal = healthy mom and baby.

In brief: Healthy mom and Baby

Feel free to write a birth plan to discuss with your ob, and should do so.
Understand that childbirth is a biological process over which you nor your OB have complete control. Events may occur requiring change or even mostly discarding your birth plan. Your OB has a duty to do what is best for you and your baby, even if that is not what you had hoped and anticipated. Goal = healthy mom and baby.
Dr. Stephen Sudler
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Dr. Ron Eaker
Great advice!
David Miller
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: A little maybe

Congrats on your pregnancy! so far as a "birth plan" goes, a few simple things are fine so long as you're flexible.
If you drag out 20-pages a couple of hours before the delivery, i can guarantee that this won't be happening. Ultimately, pregnancy and delivery is a natural process over which we have very little control. Having a healthy baby is the desired end point. The rest is just icing.

In brief: A little maybe

Congrats on your pregnancy! so far as a "birth plan" goes, a few simple things are fine so long as you're flexible.
If you drag out 20-pages a couple of hours before the delivery, i can guarantee that this won't be happening. Ultimately, pregnancy and delivery is a natural process over which we have very little control. Having a healthy baby is the desired end point. The rest is just icing.
David Miller
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