Birth Plan

how to write a birth plan!

Posted January 5, 2017 by in baby, check list, hospital bag / 18 Comments

Birth Plans!

Birth Plans! Let’s be honest, the idea of giving birth, aside from being excited and a wonderful blessing, can be a bit scary!!  Especially if you are a first-time mom. At least it was for me.  Having a birth plan is a great way to try ensure your desires are met during labor. Whether you prefer natural, or medically assisted (epidural) delivery, my comprehensive birth plan will spell out all your wants, and preferences you wish to be met during labor.

As you are completing your birth plan, use this opportunity to really discuss what you and your partner desire.   My husband, for example, did not want to cut the cord, and I did not want any pacifiers or bottles given; as I was exclusively breastfeeding.  Having not only what I wanted on my birth plan, but also having what I did not want; made me feel more at ease and having some control in what was to happen in delivery.

Please keep in mind that a birth plan is not guaranteed of everything happening exactly as you prefer or want.  This is to show what you desire.  Your delivery may have complications or unforeseen circumstances where not everything happens exactly just so.  Realize that you may be in a situation where you may have to be flexible or deviate from your plan. That being said, providing a birth plan to your medical team eliminates having to reiterate your preferences and gets everyone on the same page.

Birth Plan Categories:

I broke my birth plan up into several categories of during labor, mobility, pain relief, preferences on if labor slows, during pushing, baby care, my partner would like to help, if my baby is a boy, and if Caesarean is necessary.

Please make sure to have more than one copy of your birth plan to provide to your doctor, midwife, nurse, or any attending family or friends.   This also helps new members on your medical team (such as your labor and delivery nurse) know your wishes.  Are things getting to the wire? If your getting close to 35 weeks pregnant, check out my post on what to pack for your hospital bag!

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18 responses to “Birth Plan

  1. I love this idea! I’m not pregnant and don’t plan to be anytime soon, but I often think about how I want things to be when I do give birth down the line. I’m definitely making a mental note of this for later.


  2. This is a great idea! I’m a labor and delivery nurse and I have mixed feelings about birth plans. Overall, I think they are a wonderful tool for communicating your preferences for your labor and delivery to your medical team of doctors and nurses. As a nurse, we want to do everything we can to honor your wishes and provide you with the most amazing experience possible. That being said, sometimes, for the safety of you or the baby, we need to deviate from your birth plan to provide a healthy mama and baby (in the end, that’s what’s really important). I think that while it’s great to know what you want, it’s also important to understand that you may need to be flexible as well. Deviating from your ideal birth shouldn’t be a traumatizing experience. I’ll never forget one patient I had who came in with a three page, typewritten birth plan. As a nurse, I knew it was likely going to be impossible to meet all of her requirements but we tried, and we tried HARD. I’ll save you the details, but in the end, she got almost nothing she wanted, but she was alive and her baby healthy. So please, make your wishes known … but have some flexibility and know that we are only trying to get your a healthy baby the safest way possible. We know this is an amazing time in your life and what to make it everything you dream it can be and we mourn with you when we can’t fulfill your desires because we understand how important it is. Every birth is different and every birth is special – yours will be too!

    • Thank you for the feedback! Yes, you are absolutely correct! I wager no delivery goes exactly right. There is the whole unknown of how its going to go. I may edit my post to make sure that part is clear. That the birth plan is a guideline, because things happen. To be flexible! My labor certainly wasn’t your regular. I went from 4 cm to 10 in about 12 minutes and some other fun stuff along the way (a story for another time) LOL. However, my nurses were excellent and they made sure my “please do not do xyz” was taken care of. That to me was my piece of mind- we were all on the same page. All the other stuff (dim lighting etc.) Ha, I could care less who was in there, I just wanted my baby to come out healthy! Thanks again for your input!

  3. Chrissy Z. @ The Brave Wanderer

    This is a really great idea. The thought of giving birth can be scary, but it will be such a wonderful experience! Unfortunately I had to have a C-Section with my daughter, but it was an amazing experience nonetheless! Good luck!

  4. I had a birthing plan with my first and that went out the window after 18 hours. 😉 But I’m glad I had one made as the staff kept on track with it until I absolutely had to change it because of complications as you mentioned could arise. I recommend everyone to still create one for sure!

  5. Having a birth plan is so important! You are so overwhelmed when you are in the hospital that it is great to have everything out on paper. These printables are great!

  6. val

    This is a good guide! My birth plan went completely out the window but it’s good to think about all these things and educate yourself 🙂

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