Be an Informed Consumer
Consider Writing Your Birth Plan
- Top Ten DOs for Writing Your Birth Plan (Helpful article written by L&D nurse.)
- Include allergies or other pertinent medical information the nurse should know.
- Click here for my favorite birth plan generator.
- Every birth plan is different! Do not put anything on your plan that is not important to you.
- Format your plan in the way that suits you best; there is no required template.
- Remember to utilize clear and positive communications, both in person and in your birth plan.
- Have your care provider put a signed copy of your plan in your file.
- Take several signed copies of your birth plan with you if you have a hospital birth.
- For a hospital birth, consider bringing a treat to share with the nursing staff.
- Read the book Creating Your Birth Plan by Dr. Marsden Wagner
Sample Birth Plans
These sample birth plans are all from former clients who have been in your shoes!
- Birth Plan #1 (Hospital birth, doula, placenta encapsulation, gender was a surprise.)
- Birth Plan #2 (A very unique and artistic birth plan that was reflective of the couple.)
- Birth Plan #3 (Hospital birth, doula, yoga techniques, sections for coaches.)
- Birth Plan #4 (Hospital birth, doula, short plan.)
- Birth Plan #5 (Hospital birth with midwife, doula, has a list of things to avoid)
- Birth Plan #6 (Out-of-hosital plan, broken into two parts in the event of a transport, older siblings)