This course is a step-by-step workshop to help you to write successful birth plans.
Many women, when planning their birth plan, plan for their ideal birth, or, don't consider it an important thing to do.
They're possibly told "it's not worth the paper it's written on", or that "you are only setting yourself up for failure". Alternatively, some women feel that the midwives will 'tell them what to do' at the time which is simply untrue. Midwives can advise and offer options but it's down to you to choose what the right thing to do is.
How can you do that if you don't know what choices you want to make?
We need to be prepared for as many scenarios as possible so that we have the confidence to ask questions, to know how to make decisions so we can birth with confidence and are able to reflect positively on our birth experiences.
By undertaking this course, you and your birth partner(s) will be able to discuss and build various birth plan(s) for all scenarios.
This is a very small part of the Birth Bundle.
"Just wanted to say thank you for the online course on writing a birth plans! I really liked the videos you did for it - it's so much nicer hearing someone talk you through things like this which are really quite personal than just reading the advice for yourself. It was a kick up the bum for me too to get on with it and get mine written down - but mostly it gave me the clarity and focus to actually know how and where to start.
I was in two minds about doing one after not having even had the chance to give it any thought before my son was born - but I realise how lucky we were to have the brilliant midwife that we had at the hospital and how much she strived to make it as normal a birth as possible even given the circumstances. I realised how important to us a lot of the things she made possible were so it made sense to have them written down in the hope we can have that again this time.
The course really helped to clarify the kind of language to use as well - I'm not someone that's very good at coming forward so I was worried about writing it down and looking really demanding - I think with your help I've managed to get the right balance (at least I hope I have!) 🙊
As much as anything it was really nice that having the course meant taking some time out of everything else that's going on to watch and go through it - time to sit and concentrate on the new baby and what's about to come which I probably wouldn't have done had I just been scribbling in the section at the back of my maternity notes or filling in an online template.
Thank you! "
Tricia Murray is a Fertility, Birth and Parenting Coach, EFT Therapist, Doula and Birth Trauma Specialist supporting mums and dads to enjoy birth and early parenting and feel confident and calm throughout. She is Founder of the Birth and Baby Academy and has worked with hundreds of parents over the last few years.