Planning the Birth Your Way

Planning the Birth Your Way

This post is sponsored by Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc. and SheKnows Media.

As I write this post today I am a little nostalgic, because it was this very topic that got LivingNotes started when I was pregnant with Yeva, our 3rd child. We had had inductions with our first two children to speed things along and in many ways were very unprepared when the time came, but wanted things to be different.

I began this wonderful journey with all of you as I shared my thoughts and feelings the closer the time came for our dear little Yeva to be born. It was truly an eye opening experience as we were made aware of many viewpoints to consider when it comes to childbirth. Today women have access to many different options to help them plan and prepare, and is a great resource to assist in the decision making and planning.

What is a Birth Plan?

Some of you may or may not even be familiar with what a birth plan is. For those that are on this journey for the first time I’ll share a little more about the process. A birth plan is written by you and your doctor/midwife to outline your wishes and help you prepare for the unexpected. is a great site I discovered with tons of labor & delivery education, as well as a very nice free birth plan that you can use to keep everything organized and easily accessible.  

Prior to giving birth you can sit down with your doctor/midwife to talk through your birth plan.  

Cervical Ripening

This is an important first step for labor to begin! Cervical ripening is when the cervix begins to soften, thin, and dilate (open) to allow the baby to progress into the birth canal. Some women may not experience enough softening or thinning of the cervix on your own to allow the next stage of labor to progress, and therefore, may need to be induced. There are different cervical ripening options that are available, so it is important to discuss them with your doctor/midwife. There are some that are FDA approved, and some that aren’t, so it’s important to understand your options. Not all methods are FDA-approved for cervical ripening, meaning they haven’t been proven safe and effective to FDA standards and have not been determined to have benefits that outweigh any risks.

I encourage you to explore and do your research early so that you already have an educated plan of action in place in the case that you may need to be induced. Week 37 is a great time to discuss your options with your doctor.

Things May Not Always Go According to Plan         

One thing that is for sure is that you may not always be able to plan out how everything will go during childbirth, and sometimes you will just need to be flexible. It’s important to prepare and identify your desired outcomes as a part of your birth plan and write out your desired expectations in the event that certain situations arise.

I saw first-hand with some of my other children’s births that things didn’t always go the way I thought they would, but thankfully I was prepared and both myself and my midwife knew what the plan would be going into it.  

Preparation Brings Confidence

With Elisey last year, I had several things planned and written out together with my midwife and we knew that all my options were covered. It was very reassuring to go into labor this last time knowing that if something came up, we were armed with a plan. I could focus on the most important part of the event, giving birth to that little bundle of joy. is Here For Support          

For those of you having a baby for the first time, or second or third, it’s comforting to know that you have resources available to help you prepare for this beautiful journey of labor and childbirth. Has anyone else visited to try out their planning feature yet? I love how simple it is to get everything set up and organized. 

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