Everything You Need to Know About How to Write a Birth Plan


A birth plan delves into the nitty-gritty of what you want during your labor, delivery, and postpartum care.

Putting together your birthing checklist is not only a way to organize your thoughts and preferences about labor and delivery, but it’s also an ideal framework for meaningful conversations you should have with your doctor.

How Do I Write a Birth Plan?

When you’re putting together a birth plan, there are several key areas for you to consider. This is especially true for first-time moms who might not be aware of the various options available to them.

General Information

The general information section of your birth plan should include things like your name, your partner’s name, birth dates, phone numbers, and addresses.

Basically, anything the hospital or your labor team might need to help identify you during your stay.

Delivery Room Requests

Whether you’d like to use an essential oil diffuser, dim the lights, or have your favorite album blasting in the background, this section should cover the things you feel you’ll want and need to make your birthing experience a success.

Managing Labor Pain

There’s something you should know that we don’t talk about enough. There are more options for managing labor pain than just getting an epidural.

All you can do is educate yourself on the options available and decide which one feels “right” to you. There are many options, including:

Epidurals Hypnobirthing Using a birthing ball or birth stool  (not exactly pain management, but helpful for positioning, which impacts pain) Nitrous Oxide Hydrotherapy Narcotics And more!

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