One of the many facets of the Twin Love Concierge service is creating a birth plan for Twins as it is indeed possible! The day you give birth to your twins will be one of the most important of your life and having an idea of how you would ideally like that day to be is a perfect way for everyone involved to be on the same page. Creating a birth plan ahead of time helps you decide how you want your labor and delivery to be, lets medical staff know your preferences and most importantly allows your immediate family to be all over what will make Mommy happy. I must note that although we often prepare the most gorgeous birth plan, your twins are essentially in charge, so they will decide how and when they will deliver. Which in 50% of cases is before 37 weeks!!
What Is a Birth Plan?
A birth plan is an outline of your preferences during your labor and delivery. For example, it might include who you want with you during labor, whether you want pain medication and if so what, or if you want additional people in the room, your Mom or sister, a Doula etc. They key to a great birth plan is keeping it short and succinct, bullet points and essential items only.
What you should include:
The basics: List your name, your doctor’s name and contact information, where you plan to give birth, and who you’re planning to have there with you.
It should also cover:
– Room atmosphere i.e. ambience
– Labor prefernces i.e massage, sitting, standing, warm baths
– Pain medication i.e what level of pain management from gas to an epidural
– Delivery preferences i.e if you are aiming for a vaginal birth do you want your partner to cut the cord, do you want a mirror to watch. Please note though c-section are often the case with Twins so please be prepared and educated on the process just incase!
Feeding and Care:
Once your twins are born, you’ll need to think about their feeding and care. For example, do you want to breastfeed right after delivery or even skin contact as soon as the babies emerge? Or are you thinking about bottle feeding or combining bottle feeding with breastfeeding? Would you like your twins in the room with you at all times, or would you prefer they stay in the nursery sometimes? Is it OK for the medical staff to offer your babies a pacifier or formula? If one or both of your twins is a boy, would you like him circumcised at the hospital?
Although this seems like a lot to consider and capture on paper, the key is to just think whats going to make the day as least stressful as possible. What essential elements do you need everyone to know for the first few hours with your new babies so that you can focus on just being Mommy.