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We know there’s a lot of birth content on Motherboard. It’s hard to finding the balance between being thorough, but not overwhelming you! If you’re not a type-A person who wants to read allthethings, check out our handy guide to building your perfect Motherboard (birth plan) below.

These are the topics that could have the biggest impact on your birth experience.

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Labor

Choosing Your Place of Birth    Hospital, birth center, or home? You decide!

Choosing Your Place of Birth

Hospital, birth center, or home? You decide!

Choosing Your Care Provider    Obstetrician, midwife, or family practice doc? Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) or Direct-Entry Midwife (DEM)? Choose what’s best for you!

Choosing Your Care Provider

Obstetrician, midwife, or family practice doc? Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) or Direct-Entry Midwife (DEM)? Choose what’s best for you!

Induction of Labor    When should you use tools (like medications, balloon induction, stripping membranes etc) to get labor going and when should you wait?

Induction of Labor

When should you use tools (like medications, balloon induction, stripping membranes etc) to get labor going and when should you wait?

Fetal Monitoring    Your provider can listen to your baby’s heart rate in several ways. Some limit your mobility (getting up and moving around) which can stall your labor progress. Which is best for you?

Fetal Monitoring

Your provider can listen to your baby’s heart rate in several ways. Some limit your mobility (getting up and moving around) which can stall your labor progress. Which is best for you?

Eating and Drinking During Labor    Birth can be a marathon (or a sprint) but having fuel can be vital! Learn the benefits and risks of eating and drinking during labor.

Eating and Drinking During Labor

Birth can be a marathon (or a sprint) but having fuel can be vital! Learn the benefits and risks of eating and drinking during labor.

Changing Positions During Labor    Get up and shake it! Changing positions during labor can help you stay comfortable and help your baby come down and out into the world.

Changing Positions During Labor

Get up and shake it! Changing positions during labor can help you stay comfortable and help your baby come down and out into the world.

 
Epidurals, Nitrous Oxide, IV Pain Meds and Natural Birth    Educate yourself on the benefits and risks to each comfort measure available.

Epidurals, Nitrous Oxide, IV Pain Meds and Natural Birth

Educate yourself on the benefits and risks to each comfort measure available.

Pitocin and Augmenting (Speeding Up) Labor    If your birth stalls, learn more about how to get the ball rolling and the benefits and risks to each method.

Pitocin and Augmenting (Speeding Up) Labor

If your birth stalls, learn more about how to get the ball rolling and the benefits and risks to each method.

Breaking the Waters (Artificial Rupture of Membranes)    Is your provider suggesting to break your bag of waters? Learn more about the benefits and risks to each option.

Breaking the Waters (Artificial Rupture of Membranes)

Is your provider suggesting to break your bag of waters? Learn more about the benefits and risks to each option.

 
 

Birth

Humanizing Birth    This little birth hack will help your needs and desires heard in the hospital setting.

Humanizing Birth

This little birth hack will help your needs and desires heard in the hospital setting.

Birth Positions    Upright, hands and knees, sidelying, on your back… there are many positions you can birth your baby in.

Birth Positions

Upright, hands and knees, sidelying, on your back… there are many positions you can birth your baby in.

Skin-to-Skin with Your Baby    One of the most important things you can preserve during your birth!

Skin-to-Skin with Your Baby

One of the most important things you can preserve during your birth!

Delayed Cord Clamping    Make sure your baby isn’t born with a low blood volume. This is an important part of physiologic birth!

Delayed Cord Clamping

Make sure your baby isn’t born with a low blood volume. This is an important part of physiologic birth!

VBAC - Vaginal Birth after Cesarean    Have you had a previous cesarean birth? Know your options for this next baby’s birth. If you want a VBAC, make sure to find a provider in line with and excited about your preference!

VBAC - Vaginal Birth after Cesarean

Have you had a previous cesarean birth? Know your options for this next baby’s birth. If you want a VBAC, make sure to find a provider in line with and excited about your preference!

Birth of the Placenta    After your baby is born you still need to birth the placenta! Learn what happens during this physiologic process and decide if you want to use pitocin after birth or not.

Birth of the Placenta

After your baby is born you still need to birth the placenta! Learn what happens during this physiologic process and decide if you want to use pitocin after birth or not.

 

Postpartum

 
Feeding Your Baby    Breastfeeding, pumping, supplementing, and how to get off to a great start!

Feeding Your Baby

Breastfeeding, pumping, supplementing, and how to get off to a great start!

Keeping Baby Intact vs Circumcision    A difficult topic to be sure, but a very necessary one. Learn about the physiologic function of the foreskin, what the procedure entails, and benefits and risks of circumcision.

Keeping Baby Intact vs Circumcision

A difficult topic to be sure, but a very necessary one. Learn about the physiologic function of the foreskin, what the procedure entails, and benefits and risks of circumcision.

Rooming-In with Baby    Keeping your baby with you after birth helps your milk come in and be more plentiful, as well as results in babies losing less weight after birth. It’s also important for bonding and adjusting to life as a family.

Rooming-In with Baby

Keeping your baby with you after birth helps your milk come in and be more plentiful, as well as results in babies losing less weight after birth. It’s also important for bonding and adjusting to life as a family.

Bathing Your Baby    Learn about vernix (cheesy substance that protects your baby’s skin) and how smell impacts bonding.

Bathing Your Baby

Learn about vernix (cheesy substance that protects your baby’s skin) and how smell impacts bonding.

 
 

Newborn Medications