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Health Tip: Getting Ready for Childbirth
(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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