How can I talk to my doctor about a birth plan and be taken seriously?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

To discuss your birth plan, make an appointment and request to meet with your doctor in his/her office, not the examination room. You need to be dressed (not in a patient gown) and be prepared with a list of the items that are important to you. Be prepared to have a conversation, open communications and listening to each person's perspective is best for everyone. Explain to the doctor what is important to you and listen to the doctor's response. The most important thing is the safety and health of you and your baby. Most professionals are willing to help you achieve your birth experience goals while maintaining a safe environment for both mother and baby.

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Tell your doctor about your plans for giving birth. In this video, Dr. Oz talks about how to find the right doctor for you.

You should be able to talk to your doctor about a birth plan and be taken seriously. If your doctor doesn’t take you or your wishes seriously it is probably time to find another doctor. Your doctor should be willing and open to listen and provide guidance and understanding of the birth process and potential complications.

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