What is a birth plan?
A birth plan is a document that lets your medical team know your preferences for things like how to manage labor pain. Keep in mind that you can't control every aspect of labor and delivery, and you'll need to stay flexible in case something comes up that requires your birth team to depart from your plan. But a printed document gives you a place to make your wishes clear.
A written birth plan also helps refresh your healthcare provider's memory when you're in labor. And it informs new members of your medical team – such as your labor-and-delivery nurse – about your preferences when you're in active labor.
Then you can download and print our birth plan worksheet below and use it to note your preferences. Remember to bring it with you at your next visit!