My birth plan
A birth plan is a simple, clear statement of your preferences for the birth of your baby. As my due date comes closer and closer, my doctor instructed me to fill out the hospital`s birth plan (バースプラン) sheet in Japanese. It asks questions like`What are you worried about?` ..`What do you want / don`t you want with regards to labor and birth?`.. `Do you have any message for your baby?`
These questions are difficult enough for a first time delivery, but writing it all in Japanese??
I googled バースプラン and found some websites with sample birth plans written in Japanese. I copied and pasted some of the ideas... and talked them over with Yoshi to make sure that I really understood what I was writing.
I presume that having a birth plan doesn`t ensure that the birth goes just the way you hope. Of course, babies have their own schedules, and unforseen medical emergencies happen every day, but the birth plan for me is just a guideline, so the midwives know my preferences and don`t have to bother me with lots of questions on the big day.
During my last visit, I was also asked about my preferences for breakfast in the hospital... `Would you prefer bread or rice?` `Can you drink milk?` and `What kind of juice would you prefer? Apple, Orange or Vege?`
That made me excited! Sounds a bit like a hotel!
The doctor also told me that I can bring a CD and some aroma / fragrance goods to help me relax during labor. I hadn`t thought about that before, so will have to think of some songs that make me happy / relaxed / motivated etc.
Here are some of the albums I have taken songs from so far. I have tried to choose music that I like and would listen to even if I weren`t in labor!