Creating a birth map is one of the most profound and powerful processes in preparing for birth. More commonly known as a ‘birth plan’ or the ‘birth preference list’, in short it is a document that states your needs, desires and demands for the time around the birth and shortly after. I prefer to refer to it as a map, since a plan sounds rigid and controlling, and giving birth is not about being in control – in fact, it is about trusting your body and letting go of control.
In order to do that, we need to feel safe and supported, and that’s the work of the birth map – to find out what support looks like for you, set yourself up to create that setting, while giving us the tools to navigate the unexpected that will always be part of birth and birthing. The word map supports this notion.
The following four guidelines are helpful in putting together your birth map:
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