Read an article this weekend in Waitrose Weekend – Q & A’s to Kirsty Allsop.
One question was “What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?”
Kirsty answered – “Nobody makes a birth plan the second time!”
Educating yourself so that you and your partner know about all the choice’s open to you for labour and delivery is really important. Starting from where to deliver your baby, through to knowledge about the 3 stage’s of labour, as well as strategies for self help coping mechanisms in labour as well as all the pain relief options. Common occurances in labour is another useful topic too.
As a practising midwife for the last 20 years, I have put lots of thought into the content of my classes, and aim to educate couples so that they can make informed choice re the above.
Preparation is key and knowledge is powerful. However, it really is best to keep an open mind as to how your labour may go. Mother Nature can sometimes interrupt the best laid plans, so if you keep an open mind, you are less likely to feel that your birth plan do not go “to plan”.