Top Ten Tips for Creating Your Birth Plan

10. If you are planning to deliver in a birth center or at home, know the protocols for transfer. What are the reasons for transfer to the hospital, who decides -- midwife or patient? Who has the final say if there is a disagreement about the need to transfer? How will you get to the hospital? What hospital will you be transferred to? Does the midwife have privileges there? Will a physician take over your care? Did you meet him/her during your pregnancy or is the physician a stranger? Will your midwife stay with you?

Your baby's first cry is the sound of success. Your new title is MOM. Enjoy your baby and let your birth story become history.

Elizabeth Stein, CNM, MSN, MPH, is a well known midwife. Through her practice, Ask Your Midwife, PC, Elizabeth works closely with her patients to educate, encourage, and empower them to make choices that enhance their overall health, pregnancy experience and strengthens their family. She combines current medical knowledge and modern technology with the caring inherent in midwifery. Stein completed her midwifery education at Columbia University in New York City and holds Master's Degrees in Nursing and Public Health. Elizabeth Stein has been certified by the American College of Nurse Midwives since 1985 and is licensed in New York State. She has extensive experience with high-risk pregnancies as well as normal obstetrics and gynecology.

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