So what exactly is a Birth Plan? A birth plan is your written instructions for how you want your delivery experience to go. Often times in the hospital setting, women feel pressured to conform to requests made by others. They’re not given the freedom to follow their body’s or their baby’s cues.
A written birth plan helps you remain in control of your birthing experience – even if you’re in too much pain or too distracted to vocalize what you want at the time. Working with your birthing team (or with your intuition) you can develop a plan for:
- Your support team
- Pain management
- Ambiance and more.
I’ve provided a template to help you create your own birthplan, that’s as easy as 1-2-3. Plus, I’ve thrown in a categorized hospital checklist so that you don’t forget anything essential the day-of!