Breastfeeding is the best for babies and a healthy diet / maternal nutrition is important when breastfeeding. A decision not to breastfeed can be difficult to reverse. Infant formula is suitable from birth when babies are not breastfed. It is recommended that all formula milks be used on the advice of a doctor, midwife, health visitor, public health nurse, dietitian, pharmacist, or other professional responsible for maternal and child care and the financial implications should be considered. All preparation and feeding instructions should be followed carefully as inappropriate preparation could lead to health hazards.


Writing Your Birth Plan

Why write a birth plan?

Birth plans are well worth writing. It lets doctors and your partner know how you want to be treated during labour. This can include your preferredpain relief and position during childbirth. Thinking about all this beforehand is really important because it not only prepares you but also helps you focus on the way you want to give birth! But remember, as labour can change from second to second, you’re free to change your mind at any time, even during the birth so it’s worth keeping your plans flexible. Mind you, they might not be able to provide an available birthing pool should you suddenly demand one!

Creating a birth plan

Before starting to write your birth plan, get as much information as you can. Go to antenatal classes and speak with the doctor. It’s also worth talking to other mums – find out what they put in their plans and how everything worked out. Your partner is also important; make sure they are comfortable with what you would like them to do and the amount of responsibility they will have on the day.

Download your birth plan

Some mums-to-be can find it a bit daunting putting together a birth plan but it doesn’t have to be complicated. To start you off, our downloadable birth plan will give you an idea of the kind of things to think about. It’s just a guide, so don’t worry if some of the suggestions aren’t relevant to you.

Download a copy of Birth Plan here 

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