Basic birth plan: Have baby.
BOOM. Done. Right?
You don't need a birth plan, but many parents-to-be find the process of creating a plan helpful to discuss options and preferences for labor and delivery of their baby.
Some general tips:
- Keep it to one page. It's more likely to be read.
- Take it to your prenatal appointment so your desires can be put on file in case your practitioner cannot attend your birth.
- Consider a visual plan if that resonates with you.
Example birth plans used by moms I know.
CLICK HERE to read a birth plan aimed at an unmedicated vaginal birth. It includes contingencies for Cesarean birth or if the baby is sick, too.
CLICK HERE to read a birth plan for a sexual abuse survivor. This is a great example of why a birth plan can be so important and empowering.
CLICK HERE for a birth plan for a scheduled Cesarean birth. Her baby was breech, but a belly birth doesn't mean you can't have a say in your experience.
Earth Mama Angel Baby also has a free birth plan checklist.
Or maybe Jeff and Jamie's birth plan is more your style. Sense of humor required. 😉