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Health Tip: Getting Ready for Childbirth

Health Tip: Getting Ready for Childbirth

11/17/11

(HealthDay News) -- Creating a birth plan means making a list of your preferences for labor and delivery.

The American Academy of Pediatricians says birth-planning should include your preferences about:

  • Whether someone calls the doctor's office when you go into labor, or do you simply head for the hospital?
  • Transportation to the hospital.
  • Where you'll deliver, who will be present and who you would like to deliver your baby.
  • Your preferences for position during labor, and pain management options.
  • Your preferences if unexpected circumstances arise, including the possibility of cesarean section.
  • In the event that you deliver early, does the facility have the resources to care for a premature baby?
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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