Why you should write your birth plan down

In December 2014, I was thinking about ways to change my life, to have a job that worked around my family life, one which was fulfilling and where I could use my skills to help others.

I didn’t really know where to start but that same week, I was sent an email about an upcoming event entitled ‘Goal setting that really works’.

Now this isn’t the sort of thing that would ever have interested me usually, but I felt like the timing was very fortuitous, so I signed up and then got on with Christmas celebrations.

January 2016 came around and I went along to the event where I listened to a very motivational speaker.  After we had completed some other exercises, we were encouraged to write down our 5 most important goals for the next 3 years, why they were important to us and the most important action needed to achieve each goal.

I came away from that day with such clarity and focus, as well as bucket loads of motivation and determination. Then I forgot all about that session and carried on with life but I had those goals in the back of my mind and began to make some changes to my life.

Fast forward to the middle of 2016 and I was clearing out some paperwork when I came across the piece of paper with my goals on. I was amazed to see that I had in fact achieved 4 out of the 5 goals and had made big steps towards the 5th. And they were pretty big, life changing goals!

I couldn’t believe that I’d achieved nearly everything I’d set for myself without even being that aware of it.

“So what’s this got to do with birth?” I hear you ask. Well, its not just the birth plan itself that is important, but all the things you do in order to write it:
You need to identify all your options, research them and then decide what you would like for your birth, based on your personal circumstances.

You should only make decisions when you understand the risks and benefits of each option. Unfortunately, women are often asked to make decisions without being presented with all the necessary information. Or they are presented with risks based on a general population and not specific to them.

You may have been told by friends or family members that writing a birth plan is just setting you up to fail, but I strongly believe that the process will give you control over your decisions and your birth and give you the very best opportunity to have a positive birth experience.

If you would like to learn more about how my course will help you with this process then please contact me for a no obligation chat :)