Writing a birth plan
A birth plan states your preferences for both labour and birth. It gives you the chance to think about your hopes for the birth and also provides the midwife with a guide to the kind of birth you'd like. You can include as much detail as you like and make changes at any time, before or during labour.
Research before you write
If you’re attending antenatal classes, it’s likely that you’ll talk about birth plans. Alternatively, ask friends who have recently had babies what they recommend including. It’s a good idea to research pain relief options, so you know what to expect. And, if you’re planning to give birth in hospital or a birth centre, find out which facilities are available.
Once you’ve written your birth plan, talk it through with your midwife to ensure your preferences are possible. They will also be able to answer any questions and discuss options. Remember, this is a plan and it could change during labour. But, rest assured, any alterations will have your baby’s best interests at heart, and you will always be consulted first.