I am pretty much overwhelmed by the thread at this point. I can't tell who is talking to me or to somebody else.
I have already decided where I am giving birth and do not need to second guess my choice at this stage. I will present my birth plan because every single doula and childbirth educator I have spoken with has recommended it. I have heard many varied stories from people about how the hospital staff has treated their birth plan; and for the most part the vast majority of it has been positive and without scorn. Most medical professionals I know deal with people understanding that they are not doctors and have misguided notions in some areas.
I do not expect a birth plan to be a legally binding document. It is a guide for my support 'team' and hospital staff; one I will refine with my midwife when I finally get to Michigan, but by that time I will be 34 weeks pregnant.
Please if anybody is replying to me, address your post with my name, Thparkly:-)
I didn't read any of the posts, I just noticed how very long the birth plan was. I have A LOT of specifics for my birth plan as well, but I KNOW nurses will not read it all, or remember it all, so I made it very short. So my only suggestion is take out the things that aren't necessary, for example "let mom and dad give baby bath". You don't need that, because regardless of it being there, the nurse will STILL ask you, because she'll forget or not have read that, so that's an easy thing in the moment you can answer, "no thanks, we're going to do it ourselves". There are probably a number of other things that don't *need* to be there because you won't forget when they ask you. Good luck :)
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