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As anyone who has had a baby knows, everything about labor and delivery you planned for, imagined, or discussed with your doctor can go completely out the window—and probably will. Think of it as step one in the cosmic joke at your expense that parenting often seems to be. Was your birth plan useful? Or in hindsight, was it just a way to make you feel in control of what is likely the world’s most uncontrollable situation? If you have two or more kids, did you even bother with a birth plan the second time around? If so, how did your birth plan (and expectations about the experience) evolve?

Birth Plan: Oxymoron?

As anyone who has had a baby knows, everything about labor and delivery you planned for, imagined, or discussed with your doctor can go completely out the window—and probably will. Think of it as step one in the cosmic joke at your expense that parenting often seems to be. Was your birth plan useful? Or in hindsight, was it just a way to make you feel in control of what is likely the world’s most uncontrollable situation? If you have two or more kids, did you even bother with a birth plan the second time around? If so, how did your birth plan (and expectations about the experience) evolve?

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