By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you are pregnant you may want to consider developing a birth plan.READ MORE: Waterford Township Schools Closed After More Than 60% Of Staff Sickened Following Luncheon
A birth plan is a written summary of what you want during your labor and delivery. It is a great idea.READ MORE: Giant Supermarket Chain Opening 4 New Stores In Philadelphia, Hiring 700 Employees
Before making a birth plan, take some time to think about what’s most important to you and your partner. Here are just a few ideas: any special instructions for your room, such as dim lighting or quiet; special options during labor such as a birthing chair or a warm bath.
You might want to think of positions you’d like to try for labor, such as standing, moving around, sitting, or lying down. Do you want your baby to remain in your room with you after birth? Do you want to breastfeed and, if you don’t, is you hospital choice supportive of this?MORE NEWS: Philadelphia Officials Expected To Provide Update On Reopening Timeline Tuesday, Sources Say
These are all questions that you should think of ahead of time and the birth plan can be a big help.