Basic crunchy birth plan: Have baby.
BOOM. Done. Right?
Is it inherently a little crunchy to have a birth plan at all? You don't need need one, but many parents-to-be find the process of creating a plan incredibly helpful to discuss options and preferences for labor and delivery of their baby.
Some general birth plan tips:
- Keep it to one page. It's more likely to be read.
- Take it to your prenatal appointment so your desires can be put on file in case your practitioner cannot attend your birth.
- Consider a visual plan if that resonates with you.
What Makes It a Crunchy Birth Plan?
In my experience, some elements you may be considering that add to the crunchy factor could be:
- having a birth doula (and you should!)
- preferring an unmedicated birth if possible
- wanting to move around freely during labor
- not wanting to give birth laying on your back
- requesting dim lighting and your own music
- using essential oils during labor
- declining cervical checks
- declining prophylactic pitocin after birth
- declining antibiotic eye ointment for baby
If you're not sure about these, I have a few of my favorite books for pregnancy and childbirth for you.
Birth Plan Examples from Real Moms I Know
It's helpful to see all your options, but here are some sample birth plans from friends of mine to give you an idea of what one might look like "in the wild."
CLICK HERE to read a birth plan aimed at an unmedicated vaginal birth*. It includes contingencies for Cesarean birth or if the baby is sick, too.
* I don't use the term "natural birth" because all birth is natural.
CLICK HERE to read a birth plan for a sexual abuse survivor. This is a great example of why a birth plan can be so important and empowering.
CLICK HERE for a birth plan for a scheduled Cesarean birth. Her baby was breech, but a belly birth doesn't mean you can't have a say in your experience.
Earth Mama Angel Baby also has a free birth plan checklist.
Or maybe Jeff and Jamie's birth plan is more your style. Sense of humor required. 😉
My oldest was born in the hospital and we did have a birth plan. My second birth at home was more along the lines of "have baby." You can read about my birth story here!