How to Write a Birth Plan?

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If you, as a pregnant woman, have specific requests that you want granted during your labor and birth, it may be wise to have everything planned out and written down in advance of the big event. This will ensure that all those that will be involved in the birth of your child will know your wishes and be prepared to grant them. Labor and delivery are really not the time to get involved in any lengthy discussions. You will have all you need to do just to keep your breathing in control and bring your child into the world.

Listed below are a few issues you and your partner may want to discuss and plan.

  • Who you want to have with you during your labor.
  • Do you want to bring your own music?
  • Can you wear any of your own clothes?
  • Do you want your partner with you at all times?
  • Do you want to wear your contacts?
  • Do you want to drink clear liquids instead of having an IV?
  • Do you want fetal monitoring or let your labor run its course if mom and baby are doing ok?
  • Do you want to use a birthing chair, stool, pool or tub?
  • Do you want to be coached to push or do it on your own?
  • What kind of position do you want to be in while pushing during delivery?
  • If you want pain relief, do you want message, acupuncture, etc or medication? If medication, what kind?
  • How do you want to birth to go? Would you like to view the birth, and have partner help?
  • Do you want to hold your baby right away, and partner to cut the umbilical cord?
  • After delivery do you or your partner want to be present at all times during the newborn procedures?
  • Do you plan to breastfeed?
  • Do you want your baby fed on a schedule or when it’s hungry?
  • Do you want your baby in your room at all times or just for feeding?
  • If you have a boy, do you want him circumcised at the hospital or not at all?
  • If you have other children, do you want them to meet the new baby as soon as possible?
    How to Write a Birth Plan?

    You can certainly get more detailed than this. Once you have a pretty good idea of what you want in your birth plan, take it to your health care provider for further comments and suggestions. You may want to ask your health care professional if there is a specific form you can fill out for them to make it easier. The main point is, if you do have any special issues you want dealt with, please have them be known on paper in advance. Make sure to pack a copy in your suitcase and give one to your partner, as well as your health care provider.