A birth plan is a document that you prepare prior to having a baby. It serves as a guideline for your doctor, midwife, and / or doula.
Do I Really Need a Birth Plan?
Filling out a birth plan gives you an opportunity to think about options and preferences that will help you create the best birth experience for
you. A birth plan lets you explore options related to pain management, potential medical interventions, breastfeeding and recovery. It will help you think
about different scenarios and what you would like to experience.
For example, some hospitals have their own protocol for babies after delivery so your birth plan will inform your birth team ahead of time
that you may want to watch the birth with a mirror, hold the baby immediately after brith begin breastfeeding right away.
Once you have completed your birth plan, provide copies to everyone on your birth team.