Fondly referred to as the “not ‘yo Mama’s birth plan”, [M]otherboard is an interactive online tool that provides parents with the opportunity to hone in on the most important aspects of their birthing plan. I had the pleasure of using this tool to develop my own personal birthing plan and I must say that I was very impressed by the ease of usage and the beautiful finished product!
When I first logged into the [M]otherboard my initial thought was “Wow, information station”! Each section of the homepage is filled with valuable information on most all major aspects of the birthing process, including a variety of topics for expectant parents to consider for their own birth plans.
I was able to navigate through the platform fairly easily with prompts provided at the top of the homepage. However, I did find that the sheer amount of information made for an initial overwhelming experience. This was simplified by going through the platform with my doula at our prenatal appointment. Going through each section from labor to postpartum to baby meds provided the visual progression within the birth planning process that so many moms seek.
Traditional birth plans can be rather long winded with excessive reading that can often seems daunting to medical staff. According to [M]otherboard, “ Many providers hate them. They’re seen as too long, demanding, unrealistic, or negative. Studies have actually shown that in certain places, having a birth plan can negatively impact how staff treats you” ([M]otheboard, 2018).
Completing a birth plan through this platform provides expectant parents with a library of evidence based resources to consider and then guides users through a simple click and pin process to create a clear, concise, targeted list of birthing preferences that is a one page colorful valuable resource for your big day!
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