32 Weeks Pregnant

32 Weeks Pregnant: Helpful Tips for Parents

You and your partner may want to discuss a birth plan around week 32 of pregnancy. A birth plan is a written list of your needs and preferences during your labor, delivery, and hospital stay. This will help you and your partner to start thinking about what you would like during labor and delivery. You may also want to discuss this birth plan with your healthcare provider.
 
Common questions that you and your partner may want to discuss together, or with your healthcare provider, include the following:
 
  • Do you want to be able to walk around during labor?
  • Is there a place for your partner to rest or nap during the initial stages of labor?
  • Do hospital procedures require an enema or pubic shaving?
  • What are the options for pain relief? Do you want to be offered painkillers during labor? Do you want an epidural?
  • Do you want your labor to be induced if it becomes very drawn out?
  • Who do you want to be present with you for support in the delivery room?
  • Do you want a natural childbirth (no drugs, etc.)?
  • Do you want to film or photograph the delivery?
  • Do you want to hold the baby immediately after birth or wait until he or she is weighed and cleaned?
  • Will you be breastfeeding your baby immediately after birth?
  • Do you want a private or semi-private room?
  • Do you have any special dietary requests?
  • Do you want the baby to be in the room with you?
     
While a birth plan is not meant to be a binding contract or a set of rigid instructions for your healthcare provider, it can help you, your partner, and your healthcare provider prepare for labor and delivery.
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