Items to Include in Your Birth Plan

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on December 15, 2020

The big day is getting closer. Although there’s no way to guarantee everything will go exactly as planned, having a birth plan in place can help ensure everyone knows your preferences for labor and birth. Here are some items to include in your birth plan:

Contact Information

  • Your doctor's name and phone number
  • Name of your hospital or birth facility, including city
  • Names and phone numbers of your support people


  • Music
  • Lighting
  • Room noise
  • Camera or video
  • A list of people you would like in the room

During Labor

  • Your position (lying in bed, walking, squatting, standing)
  • Birthing tools (ball, stool, chair)
  • Warm bath or shower
  • Pain relief (epidural, pain meds, massage)
  • Episiotomy preferences
  • C-section preferences (who will be with you in delivery)

After the Birth

  • Umbilical cord (who cuts the cord, saving cord blood)
  • Placenta (what to do with it)
  • Holding the baby after delivery
  • Circumcision
  • Feeding (breastfeeding or bottle-feeding)
  • Baby's location (your room, nursery)

Show Sources


American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: Your Pregnancy and Childbirth: Month to Month, 2010.

March of Dimes: "Birth Plan"

Nemours Foundation: "Birth Plans" and "Cesarean Sections"

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