Making a labour and birth guide helps you think about what you want from your labour and you baby's birth. It also helps your care providers understand what is important to you.
- Support people you want with you
- Comfort measures you want to try in labour
- Pain management preferences
- Positions you want to try for labour and giving birth
- Your wishes in the case of unexpected events
- Who you want to announce your baby's sex
- Who you want to cut the umbilical cord
- Feeding plans
- Special requests (personal, language, religious or cultural practices)
- Taking your placenta home
Ultimately, it will be your baby who determines the progress of your labour and birth. It's important to be flexible and open to changes throughout your labour and birth.