Birth plans

OBGYN Jay Goldberg, MD, explains the benefits of making a birth plan while pregnant and how to make the best birth plan that fits what you want
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Birth plans have become somewhat standardized now. You can go online and you can click boxes that will tell you what you should ask your doctor about your birth plan. I believe that birth plans are important because it gets you thinking about the process, but I don't think anyone should be rigid with respect to their birth plan. You have it as a template or a guideline to how you would like an experience, but you have to be open-minded. If you're close-minded, if you're rigid, things aren't going to go your way all the time; you have to expect that. Because everybody is going to be different. If you have three pregnancies, all three labors may be completely different. So having expectations set upon you, upon your partner, upon your doctor, or anybody else involved is not necessarily going to be productive. Write a birth plan, have a birth plan so you have a guideline, but the most important thing is to keep an open mind.

OBGYN Jay Goldberg, MD, explains the benefits of making a birth plan while pregnant and how to make the best birth plan that fits what you want

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Jay Goldberg, MD

Obstetrician & Gynecologist

Dr. Jay Goldberg is a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Goldberg earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1996 after completing his undergraduate education at the University of California-San Diego. His internship and residency training took place at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles.

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