(Closed) Birth Plan…A What!?! Where do I begin?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ms.melli:  Good luck lady! I am sure you will do great! (With the plan and the delivery;) 

Post # 4
461 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I don’t have one yet, though I should probably get cracking if I AM going to have one, seeing as I’m almost 37 weeks.

I found one here that has some ideas of what you may or may not want to put on yours. It’s kind of like a mock up of one that you can base your own off of. Hope it helps! 



Post # 5
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

@ASH.:  This is the guide I used to make mine.


You can pretty much include whatever you want on your birth plan.  It’s just about what you want during labor/delivery/postpartum.  I will say though that my labor progressed so quickly after I got to the hospital that I completely forgot I had even brought a birth plan (that and the nurses asked before they did anything).  

Post # 6
70 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’m at work, but totally saving this for later (:

Post # 7
2866 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

You don’t HAVE to have one. Basically it’s just if you have specific things you want or don’t want to have happen during your delivery. If you don’t really have any specific requests you don’t need one, but if you have strong feelings about certain parts of the labor/delivery process you’ll want to have them written down.

I think a written birth plan is best when you have someone there to advocate for you. I made sure my mother and my husband (who were in the delivery room) knew my wishes. Usually you will have discussed everything with your doctor but it’s really just a reminder in the event that they aren’t available when you deliver, or they don’t remember (because really, they have tons of patients, and most of the time it’s nurses handling 95% of the delivery experience).

Post # 8
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i just went to my first prenatal class tonight (also 31 weeks pregnant!) and our “homework” for next week is to start thinking about what we want on our birth plan. Then next week we will talk about making them in more detail, so maybe i will have more to offer then.  so basically, i am also saving this thread for later  πŸ™‚

Post # 9
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

I haven’t written one with either on of my DD’s and I won’t this time either. I think having a general idea of how you want to things to go is great, but have never felt the need to write one out. My doctor will be the one to deliver though (they don’t do “on-call shifts, they all deliver their own patients) and he is well aware of my plans and is very supportive. Maybe if their practice worked differently  I would feel different, but between me and my MD being on the same page and having Darling Husband there, that is enough fo rme.

Post # 11
7719 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I went to all the prenatal classes and had a plan… but it went totally out the window. Contractions weren’t what I expected, didn’t dilate as fast as I expected, hurt more than I thought so I switched to a stronger painkiller (epidural)…. and after all that had a C-section.

Post # 13
5546 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Usually this is only important if you have specific things you want that aren’t part of the normal birth in whatever place you are delivering. Like, if you are in a hospital but DON’T want any medication like pitocin or pain killers then that might be a reason to have one. But it is just a guideline and you really need to be open to the possibility that things won’t go how you want or planned. I would talk to your OB/MW to see what they exspect the birth to be like and go from there. 

Post # 14
1777 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

During the prenatal courses I was given a guide with questions for me to think about and basically an outline for me to fill in.  This helped me a lot because it helped me learn what I needed to think about and made me decide what was important to me.  You might get one of these and then decide you don’t need or want a birth plan or you might decide that you’d love to have one.  I think asking for an outline would definitely help!

Post # 15
7719 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@ms.melli:  Thank you for your kind words, but when you hold and feed a beautiful healthy newborn baby it is never “terrible”! Yes I am disappointed that I never gave birth vaginally but I’m thankful for 3 beautiful healthy children.

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