Ultimately, the goal during delivery is a healthy mom and healthy baby. So it’s important to keep an open mind when health concerns make a birth plan change, says Dr. Julian Peskin, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Cleveland Clinic in Beachwood, and Dr. Wendy Clinger, a Lake Health gynecologist in Willoughby.If you don’t want an epidural under any circumstance, but the pain becomes overwhelming, it’s OK to take the epidural, says Peskin. The same goes for a cesarean section.
“Some moms think they don’t feel like a real woman if they have a C-section,” he adds. “But that’s simply not true. When a baby is in trouble, a C-section may be the only option.”
When a birth plan is too strict, mom can be left disappointed and feeling like a failure.
“With kids, no matter how hard you try, it’s not going to go by your initial plan,” says Clinger.