Your Birth Plan
You are more likely to have the pregnancy and childbirth experience that you want if you and your doctor or nurse-midwife work as partners. Creating a personalized birth plan will help you get the care that you want. And you will be less likely to have tests and procedures that you don't want.
What’s a Birth Plan?
A birth plan is an outline of your preferences for labor and delivery. Your doctor will ask questions, listen and help you create a plan that’s right for you and your family.
What to Include
Your doctor or nurse-midwife will talk to you about your options for your birth experience, respect your choices and help communicate your plan to your care team. You’ll talk about:
- Location you want to deliver your baby
- Personal needs or preferences that will help your doctor or hospital best prepare for your care
- Preparing for birth
- Ways your support person can participate
A low-intervention birth means, whenever possible, you’ll deliver your baby without medical interventions such as induction, certain medications, an epidural, Cesarean section (C-section) and other treatments. If medically necessary, your care team will be ready to provide interventions.