What is a Hospital Plan, AKA Birth Plan and Do You Need One?

May 6, 2024

By Adoption Choices of Florida

What is a Hospital Plan, AKA Birth Plan and Do You Need One?

By Kennedy Wood

Learning about an unplanned pregnancy can be very shocking. However, it is normal to be feeling a rush of emotions at this moment. Adoption Choices of Florida wants to be there for you during this time. We know it can feel confusing and we want to empower and educate our birth mothers. 

If you are looking into the adoption process, experiencing teen pregnancy, or an unexpected pregnancy we recommend contacting an adoption agency today. The staff will guide you in the direction that you need. Working with an agency allows you to stay in control and create a specialized hospital plan, or birth plan. By doing this, it can take a lot of stress off of you later down the road. 

What is a Hospital Plan, AKA Birth Plan?

A birth plan, or also referred to as a hospital plan, is a document of your preferences for how you would like to give birth. Unlike an adoption plan, a birth plan outlines everything from before you enter the delivery room, to the aftercare you receive. 

We believe this step is extremely important as it ensures the birth mother gets the treatment she prefers. The birth plan is what keeps you protected and comfortable as the birth mother. Your birth plan is whatever you want it to be and you will be in control the whole time! 

When you begin to create the hospital plan you will need to outline who you are, who your provider is, and if you will be working with a doula. This step gives the basics of what you want your birth to be. In this step you will also say what type of delivery you plan on having. It is also a good idea for you to put any backup options in case anything goes wrong during the delivery. It is important you clearly state what you are okay and not okay with.

What Are Key Components of a Birth Plan?

There are several important things to think about when creating a birth plan. You should be thinking about pain management, delivery room preferences, type of delivery, and aftercare. 

In your hospital  plan, you can discuss the type of pain management you would like to receive. Some women choose to have an epidural while others may not feel comfortable with one. Only you know your pain tolerance and what you choose to handle. 

It is also important to outline delivery room preferences. These preferences range from who you want in the room with you to bringing personal items in to feel more comfortable. No matter what you are needing during this time, adoption agencies will take all your preferences into consideration. 

Putting the type of delivery you would like is an extremely important aspect. You should be thinking about the type of delivery you want and the backup as well. Doing this allows your doctors and providers to be prepared for any and every situation. By knowing which type of delivery you want to proceed with, they can also use different techniques to prepare you for delivery. An example of this is the doctor knowing if you want to be awake or not during a c-section.

The recovery is just as important as the rest of the birth plan. During the recovery stage of the birth plan, you can outline how you would like the baby to be cared for. You can state your preferences for who cuts the umbilical cord, when and what medications will be administered, or even religious preferences such as circumcision. This section of the hospital plan ensures that nothing and nobody can come in contact with your baby if you say no. 

 By giving specifics, your caretakers will know exactly what you need before even going in to take care of you. To avoid confusion, you can research examples of birth plans or speak to your agency. 

Creating a Hospital Plan, AKA Birth Plan with Adoption Choices of Florida

Creating your birth plan is a great first step to begin getting things in order. Once this step is complete, we believe a great weight will be lifted off of your shoulders. The Miami adoption process is made to work with you and to take the load off of you. Although you are in control of your birth plan and pregnancy, your chosen agency will guide you every step of the way. If you have any questions or concerns, you will have the opportunity to be heard and taken seriously as a birth mother. 

To start your process you can reach out to Adoption Choices of Florida (or a Christian adoption agency if preferred). Adoption Choices of Florida wants you to feel empowered and confident in your birth plan. For more information you can contact us via our website or you can give us a call.