Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Birth Plans
I recently had the opportunity to be interviewed by Nathalie Saenz of Dearest Doula for her “Dearest Doula” podcast. It was a lot of fun and I hope it’s informative and helpful both for doulas and for birthing families. We discuss what a birth plan is, why birthing families write birth plans, common topics included in birth plans, how doulas can help families organize their birth plans, and some of my recommended resources. Here’s a little spoiler: I think much of the value of writing a birth plan comes from the work a birthing family goes through in order to prioritize their hopes and consider the options that will come their way during birth. Taking that time to become educated, to make decisions ahead of time, and to discuss choices and come up with your ideal scenarios is priceless. A big thanks to Nathalie for putting this wonderful podcast series together–I know it was a lot of work!