Developing your personal birth plan gives you a chance to think about, and discuss with your primary support person and your caregiver, how you’d like your baby’s birth to be handled. It’s not possible to control every aspect of labor and delivery, but if you develop a plan and have a printed document available for those supporting and caring for you, it’s easier for them to follow your wishes if possible. Remember that the birth plan is just a guideline.
Your birth plan may state that you wish to labor naturally, without medication; however, once you’re in labor, you may change your mind. That’s okay. We want to provide you, your support person, and your baby with the best experience possible. We will follow your birth plan if possible, but your safety and the safety of your baby may require an unexpected change to your birth experience.
Below are some common birth plan options to help you customize your own plan.