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How Do I Write A Birth Plan

How do I write a birth plan?

This section will help you write your birth plan. A birth plan is an opportunity to think through, discuss and indicate what you'd really like to happen when the big day arrives. However, it is best to leave things fairly flexible – remember, babies and plans don't always agree! 

Why write a birth plan?

Birth plans are well worth writing. It lets doctors and husbands know how you want to be treated during labour. This can include your preferred pain relief and position during childbirth. Thinking about all this beforehand is really important because it not only prepares you but also helps you focus on the way you want to give birth! But remember, as labour can change from second to second, you're free to change your mind at any time, even during the birth so it's worth keeping your plans flexible. 

Creating a birth plan

Before starting to write your birth plan, get as much information as you can. Go to antenatal classes and speak with your health care professional. It's also worth talking to other mums – find out what they put in their plans and how everything worked out. Your husband is also important; make sure they are comfortable with what you would like them to do and the amount of responsibility they will have on the day.

Download your birth plan

Some mums-to-be can find it a bit daunting putting together a birth plan but it doesn't have to be complicated. To start you off, our downloadable birth plan will give you an idea of the kind of things to think about. It's just a guide, so don't worry if some of the suggestions aren't relevant to you.