Items to Include in Your Birth Plan

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

Atmosphere

  • 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)
WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on July 02, 2018

Sources

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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