It is never too early to start your birth plan!
A birth plan is like a game plan of how you would like to see your birthing experience unfold. There are key parts in your birth plan – such as – where are you going to be birthing, who is going to be there, what comfort measures do you want to use throughout your labor? If you haven’t guessed yet – yes – you have research in your future!
The first decisions you will need to make will be where you will be birthing and who will be with you on the journey. These answers often go together. If you are looking for a physiological or natural birthing experience you would want to work with midwives. There are a variety of midwives out there. Depending on their credentials they may attend homebirths, birth center births or hospital births. If you are planning a more medicalized birthing experience, you can still work with midwives of course. You may want to lean more towards the ob’s at the hospital. The good news is – you should totally meet as many midwives and ob’s as you can!
Your birthing experience will be one of the most intimate times of your life. You’ll want to have the support of someone you genuinely connect with. That’s why I encourage you to start meeting your support – the sooner the better. You are going to be learning so many things along this adventure and though 40 weeks can seem like a long time, it can also go by super fast – as I’m sure you realize. That whole Proper Prior Planning thing, it’s real. It can be so incredibly helpful and empowering throughout your journey. The first trimester is a great time to start doing a little research, asking friends and loved ones who have given birth in your area for recommendations, and just starting the process of getting your ducks in a row.
This is going to be one of the most transformational experiences of your entire life. Educate yourself. Be a super sleuth detective and determine what it is that you want for an experience. Then find your team to help you on your way!