In theory, the process of giving birth should be simple. You start having contractions, you go into labor, you push, you have a baby. Women have been doing it since the dawn of time, so it should be pretty straight-forward, right? Except it's totally not. Thanks to modern medicine, moms have so many choices to make about the entire process. Given that the imminent arrival of your baby may leave you completely distracted and incapable of forming coherent thoughts beyond "OUCH", you may want to jot down all your ideas beforehand in the form of a birth plan. But what should a birth plan say, exactly?
For starters, you should think about every scenario that could pop up. For some reason, I was convinced that I'd go into labor with my daughter at home, and relax there peacefully before calmly heading to the hospital. So imagine my surprise when my water broke in the back of a taxi in New York City, and my doctor demanded I get to the hospital ASAP. Because I didn't have a birth plan and had given little thought to such a bizarre situation, I didn't feel totally informed about how things would play out from there. With or without a birth plan, however, rule number one for giving birth seems to be this: be flexible, and be ready for anything.
Here are nine things to think about putting on your birth plan.