Our Natural Birth Plan with Free Natural Birth Plan Template


Now that we're approaching our pregnancy halfway mark, Michael and I have been thinking a lot more about how we'd like to approach the birth of our sweet E. 

We’ve done a lot of research, and put a lot of thought into it, and come up with a birth plan that we’re really looking forward to discussing with our midwife. If all goes as planned (fingers crossed) we’ll be bringing our June baby into the world with a natural, midwife assisted birth at a nearby birthing center. 

After many discussions, we’ve put our focus on the things we feel most passionate about and have come up with some must-have occurrences throughout the birthing process. Here’s the gist of our plan:

I don’t want to be confined to a bed. 

One of the most important things to me during my labor process, is to not be limited in my movement. Which means, I don't want to be hooked up to a million monitors and IVs. I want to be free to roam and use the many amenities my birthing room has to offer, and utilize as many natural pain-relieving techniques as I can without limitation. I want to be comfortable. It's the primary reason we made the decision to birth with a midwife at a local birthing center, opposed to at the hospital. 

I’d like to forego medicinal pain management measures. 

Mainly for selfish reasons, my plan is to decline pain medication. It’s important for me to be able feel my body giving me the cues to push, and when to stop. Additionally, I’d like to avoid the possibility of any unnatural side effects after giving birth if possible.

We’re delaying cord clamping. 

A no-brainer, really. We plan to delay clamping until pulsating ceases so E can receive as much blood volume as possible and so we can further prevent complications during placenta delivery. 

Skin-to-skin contact is our first priority after birth. 

So long as there are no complications, I want my baby with me. I want any exams or procedures delayed until our E has had at least an hour of skin-to-skin contact with us. Birth is traumatic for baby and mama, and skin-to-skin time promptly after birth can serve as an incredibly important bonding experience and give us some rest in-between the chaos. Not to mention it has about a million-and-one benefits for both mom and baby including; pain relief, better heart and lung function, temperature regulation, and the transfer of good bacteria to baby. 

We don’t want our babe being bathed. 

That gunk all over our baby's skin... is reaaaaallly good for her! And there's no reason it has to go. Vernix helps regulate baby’s blood sugar, prevents infections, and is incredibly moisturizing and beneficial to baby’s skin. So, we’ll be saying no thanks to baby’s first bath after birth, and rubbing that vernix in!

No one’s cutting me. 

Perhaps one of the things I feel strongest about, is the fact that no one is snipping anything on my body that isn’t the umbilical cord. Studies show that episiotomies are far more likely to result in third and fourth degree tears than natural tearing (which is typically very minor.) Routine episiotomies can also result in long term perineal, vaginal, and anal sphincter damage. No thanks. There’s evidence that shows that proper perineal support during birth can result in significantly less tearing and can even diminish it all together. Not to mention recovery from natural tearing is far less painful and risky than that of an episiotomy. I repeat: NO ONE IS CUTTING ME!

Natural birth is something I’ve become increasingly passionate about, but when putting together our birthing plan, I noticed many guidelines and templates just didn’t fit our natural birth needs. So, I created my own template I thought I’d share with my fellow mamas-to-be in hopes that it could be useful to others too!

It covers many key birthing points from Labor to Postpartum, and even allows you to get down to the Nitty-gritty of specifics and emergency precautions. 


At the end of the day, we know not all things go as planned when it comes to having a baby and that things can quickly change! But, by having a birth plan set out in advance, we can adequately discuss our desires and expectations for birth, and keep the line of communication open with our midwife- increasing our chances at a successful birth!

If a more natural style birth is something you’re interested in, download my free natural birth plan template and see if suits you! I’d love to see how it helps you plan!


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I very rarely set New Year’s Resolutions, because it’s always been my opinion that we should pursue growth all year long, and not just one time of year. But recently, I’ve found myself longing for more. I’ve been striving to go above and beyond the goals and depths that I’ve previously set for myself. I just want more. I feel like the feeling has come at a wonderful time; almost like a sign that this new year is mine for the taking. 

So, I’ve decided to set big goals for myself in this new year, and let go of all of my previous thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions.

In the new year, I want to be a better parent. I want to be more present. Laugh a little more, and stress a little less. I'd like to show up for more school lunches and forget to sign off on weekly readings a little less. I want to let go, experience more as a family, and stop taking the little moments for granted. I want to play more, and spend more time saying yes than no. I want to be the very best I can be for Ry and our little E on the way (as we have nicknamed him/her.)

I want to work on me more. And I don’t just mean treating myself to a little extra self-care (although I have to do that too!) I want to work on fulfilling myself, and my dreams. I want to give more to my business, build my resume even higher, and let go of that feeling that just because I’m not our family’s top earner, that my work should come second. This year, I’d like to enjoy myself more and fill my days with the things I love. I want to write more down, photograph more, and just get back to the simple things that keep me rooted in happiness. 

In the upcoming year, I’ll strive to be more mindful. I’ll focus more on what’s here and now- and try to let go more often. I want to choose my words and thoughts more wisely, and hopefully continue to influence my children to do the same. I’d like to be more conscious of my actions and how they affect not only my own life, but the life of those around me.

Finally, I’m stepping outside of my comfort zone. This year, I’m taking more risks. I’m investing the big bucks. I’m taking leaps in my business. I want to go with my gut more, and stop living with the underlying fear of failure controlling my decisions. In 2018, fears will not hinder my growth as a person, mother, or businesswoman. I’m going all in. 

This year brought to me more joy and experience than some people see in a lifetime. It was a year for the record books, truly. It brought us to new state and gave us a new home.  We tied the knot, changed careers, and even created a new life in 2017. So, it's a little bittersweet to think that our year has come to the end. But I see so much potential in our years to come, and I want to maximize every opportunity for growth I can.

So, bring it on 2018. I’m coming for you.  


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pregnant: fifteen weeks and counting. still relying on the meds to keep me from puking my brains out everyday. no definite end in sight yet.  heartburn has welcomed it's way into my life early, and the whole world seems to think i'm having a girl. will find out in three weeks!

watching: this is us season 2... because of course? and oh yeah... planet earth II... because apparently i enjoy crying about small animals being hunted.

craving: basically anything that gives me heartburn. oh yeah and sushi, crab legs, velveeta mac and cheese, avocado toast, ugh and the world's tallest glass of malbec... wahhhhh.

drinking: water, water, and more water.... eye roll.

listening: frightened rabbit's 2017 recorded songs release, damien jurado, bears den, keaton henson, and daughter's music from before the storm album.

planning: lots of travel. camping trip beg march, wedding back home mid-march, babymoon in april. oh & to finally get my thank-you notes out from my wedding two months ago. 

wearing: yoga pants religiously, when i’m not spending my days wrapped up in my bath robe. glam, i know. 

feeling: uh, cold. it’s 8 freaking degrees outside.

searching for: a homemade noodle recipe my husband will love and a a part-time nanny  (easier said than done.)

thinking about: how hard it is to name a human, how badly i need a date night with my husband, and mac and cheese.