How to: Writing a Birth Plan

By on January 22, 2013

A birth plan is a typed up sheet of paper that outlines your birth objectives – your labor, delivery, and postpartum ideals. Obviously things can change in birth and your plan may not go as you would have liked. It’s just good to have though.

As soon as you arrive to the hospital, you present this plan to the nurses and doctor. This allows them to know how you would like your birth to go and your personal preferences. Rather than explaining to each person who comes in your room, you have it all ready and typed out. Plus, who wants to be explaining your “ideal birth” between contractions? Not me!

You want to have this plan typed up by week 30. This way you can go over it with your partner and also present it to your doctor to look over.

Here are a few suggestions of what you should include in your birth plan:

Approximate Due Date:


Attendants for entire birth: Include your doula here

Other attendants:

Medical Conditions:

Laboring preferences in the event of a normal birth: (these are just examples, put down whatever you feel is right for you and your baby)

  • For my husband stay with me at all times once I’m admitted
  • To play music throughout labor
  • To move around as I chose
  • To have no routine stimulants to start or speed labor
  • To avoid a routine episiotomy if possible
  • To keep the baby attached to the umbilical cord until it stops pulsating
  • For my husband to cut the cord

Pain relief options: (these are just examples, put down whatever you feel is right for you and your baby)

  • Please do not offer me an epidural; if I need one I will ask

Baby care: (these are just examples, put down whatever you feel is right for you and your baby)

  • As long as the baby is healthy, I would like him to be placed immediately on my abdomen following birth (all procedures can be done there)
  • Please use our cord blood kit for saving the cord blood
  • I would like to breastfeed as soon as possible
  • If the baby has to be taken out of the room, my husband or I would like to be present at all times.
  • I would like my husband to hold our baby within 15 minutes of birth
  • Baby will be circumcised at hospital; I would prefer my husband go with the baby for that procedure

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