Why Write a Birth Plan?


Learning different tools during your birth experience can have a dramatic impact on the decision making process.

Birth plans should be:

  • Simple/easy for reader to understand.
  • Realistic, talk to your care provider before delivery about what options will be available to you.
  • Short, many people will likely need to read during delivery, use bulleted words or phrases.
  • Flexible, remember to prepare for the unexpected.

Topics to include on your birth plan:

  • Early Labor
  • Comfort Measures
  • Pushing/Positions
  • Who is to be included/excluded.
  • Immediately after delivery.
  • Feeding desires
  • Newborn procedures
  • Rooming In/Skin to Skin

How to create your birth plan:

  • Visit websites to see sample birth plans (birthingbabiesva.com/resources).
  • Take hospital tours to learn more about options available at different facilities.
  • Talk to friends and family members about their birth experiences and how it made them feel.
  • Take a childbirth class to learn more about different options available to you.

A simple birth plan can look something like this: bbvabirthplan.

To learn more about how to create your birth plan, check out Birthing Babies VA’s Birth Planning Webinar.