A birth plan, as implied by the name, is a written outline of what you would like to happen during labour and delivery. A birth plan differs from woman to woman and some of the considerations include:
Once you have an outline of the events, we encourage you to go over this plan with us. We will help you keep the plan realistic in case there is any conflict with hospital policies, and may suggest ways to keep it flexible so changes can be made based on events that may arise during labour and delivery.
The three modes of delivery are vaginal delivery, assisted vaginal delivery and caesarean section. Most women give birth to their babies through the vaginal route but some may need some help and this is when the forceps or vacuum cups can be used. In certain circumstances, a caesarean birth may be needed.
Some women who have had a caesarean birth can have a vaginal birth in a later pregnancy. It is not the right choice for all women and there are some risks involved. Our gynaecologist will gladly discuss if vaginal birth after a caesarean section (VBAC) is a safe option for you.
Although we cater to women who would wish for natural birth without any pain relief, we do acknowledge that tolerance of labour pain varies with each individual, so it is best to keep an open mind to all forms of pain-relief. For women who are concerned about pain, rest assured that we at GynaeMD Women’s & Rejuvenation Clinic are strong advocates of pain-free labour. We will be delighted to discuss with you the various options available so that you can participate in the birth of your baby without feeling much discomfort. We will also gladly assist you in making arrangements with a doula if you so desire.