Every woman, child, and birth is different. Logic would then follow that every woman's and family's experience and care would differ with each birth. However, this is not the case for most of the United States.
I first want to state that I am in no way against interventions, inductions, or cesareans. These can be life-saving medical procedures, and they exist for a reason. They should be available for women who need them and ask for them.
Evidence based care is just that - care that is based on the highest-quality, most recent scientifically backed research, and is custom to each and every woman, baby, and birth. So what is the alternative that is so prevalent in our medical world today?
Instead of looking at each woman individually as they birth, a set of routine procedures are performed during a birth, whether they are medically indicated or not. These procedures can be needed in some cases, but they are not necessary for every birth. Here...
Many women ask the question, "When is the best time to discuss my birth plan with my care provider?"
The answer is always "NOW."
Your care provider is the one providing the care for your pregnancy and birth. Before signing on as their client, whether they are a doctor or a midwife, you should feel comfortable and confident that the options and choices you have in your birth plan will be available to you. This can only happen when the lines of communication are open and flowing. Waiting to discuss your choices until later in your pregnancy is not a recommended decision.
When choosing a care provider, bring your birth plan. If you do not have a plan yet, bring a list of things that you want to discuss and know more about for your pregnancy and birth. These lists should be part of the decision for any family. A mother and father have the right to decide the care they will receive, and most providers are open and willing to listen and discuss your options. If something in you...