Free Sample Birth Plan for Moms with Gestational Diabetes
Both of my two pregnancies I’ve had gestational diabetes. In the first pregnancy, I was able to control my glucose levels through diet and exercise. This time around I had to take insulin. My body just couldn’t help it no matter how much I trimmed my diet or added in exercise.
As a mom with gestational diabetes, I know how difficult it can sometimes be to reach your goal of a natural birth, which can sometimes seem unattainable as everyone tells you how “high risk” you are.
I know that gestational diabetes causes extra risks, and of course I want the best care for my baby, but I also want the privilege of being able to make choices about how my little one comes into this world. I simply want the choice…that if my baby is not in jeopardy, I can move forward with a natural birth for as long as I am able.
For moms with gestational diabetes, you best chances are by being informed and being prepared.
Preparing for Natural Birth When You’re a Gestational Diabetic
- Make sure you do your research online.
- Look up the birth process.
- Know your risks.
- Check out sample birth plans to see what yours might be missing.
- Talk to your doctor, midwife or doula about your options and what accomdations are negotiable.
- Be sure to create your own birth plan and give it to your medical provider at least a couple weeks in advance of your delivery. You’ll also want to bring copies with you to the hospital so you can provide them to the nurses station or the lead nurse in your room.
- When things get busy, people will sometimes forget about your plan. Make sure you have an advocate, like your husband, a parent or friend to keep a copy of your birth plan on hand and remind staff of your wishes. When you’re in labor, you might not have the energy or presense of mind to advocate for yourself.
Natural Birth Plan for Moms with Gestational Diabetes
I’ve written up a birth plan for moms who want to have as natural a birth as possible. I used this one with my daughter six years ago and got the results I wanted. I’ll be using it again when I go in to deliver my son in the next few weeks.
You can find it in Google docs by clicking here.
If it’s easier, you can also download the Word Document version by clicking here.
I wish you the best of luck and please let me know if you have any questions! I would be happy to answer them in the comments below.
This post was first published in August, 2014.