Birth Preparation Exercise
Birth Plan Review
Use this list to make sure you have covered everything you feel is important in your birth plan. You do not need to have something written for all these areas, this is only a list of areas you may have strong preferences about.
Names of parents
Others who will be with you
Specific concerns or unique circumstances
Health issues for mom or baby
Pain Management Preferences
Medical Procedure Preferences
For inducing or speeding up labor
For pain management
After baby is born
Positions you are willing/wishing to try or avoid
Style of pushing
Who will be with mom
Preferences in case of unexpected events
Who contributes to decision making team
How soon to begin medical interventions
Preferences in case of cesarean
Who should remain with mother/baby
How soon to hold/feed baby
How soon to receive visitors
Postpartum care of baby
Timing of routine assessments
Breast or bottle feeding
Rooming in or nursery
Circumcision or intact
Other Important Items
Photos and videos
Environmental issues (lighting, music)
When to discharge
Educational needs (anything you want to be sure to learn about baby care before you leave)
Review Your Work
What additional information do you need to include in a birth plan?
Have you discussed all the preferences on your birth plan with your midwife?
Did you identify items that can be removed from your birth plan?
Is there disagreement between you and your birth team about any of the items on your birth plan? How will you resolve these differences?