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Health Tip: Getting Ready for Childbirth

Health Tip: Getting Ready for Childbirth

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Creating a birth plan means making a list of your preferences for labor and delivery.

The American Academy of Pediatricians says birth-planning should include your preferences about:

  * Whether someone calls the doctor’s office when you go into labor, or do you simply head for the hospital?
  * Transportation to the hospital.
  * Where you’ll deliver, who will be present and who you would like to deliver your baby.
  * Your preferences for position during labor, and pain management options.
  * Your preferences if unexpected circumstances arise, including the possibility of cesarean section.
  * In the event that you deliver early, does the facility have the resources to care for a premature baby?