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Make Your Birth Plan

Why make a birth plan?

A birth plan is a record of what you would like to happen during your labour and often after the birth.  You don't have to create a birth plan, but if you would like one your midwfife will be able to help.  You may also want to discusss some things with the baby's father, and your friends and relatives.

Before you start to fill in the birth plan below, get informed about the topics you'll like to consider, such as pain releif, where you would like to give birth, who you would like to have with you, and how you feel about intervention such as forceps or ventouse (vacuum) delivery.

Why making a birth plan is important

A birth plan is a record of what you would like to happen during your labour and after the birth. You don't have to create a birth plan but if you want to, you can use the form below or your midwife will be able to help. Discussing a birth plan with your midwife will give you the chance to ask questions and find out more about what happens in labour. It also gives your midwife the chance to get to know you better and understand your feelings and priorities.

You'll probably want to think about or discuss some things more fully with the baby's father, and your friends and relatives. Remember that you can change your mind about your wishes for labour and birth at any time.

Your personal circumstances

Your birth plan is personal to you. It will depend not only on what you want, but also on your medical history, your own circumstances, and what is available at your maternity service. What may be safe and practical for one pregnant woman may not be a good idea for another.

You might be given a special form for your birth plan, or there may be room in your notes. It's a good idea to keep a copy of your birth plan with you. The maternity team who care for you during labour will discuss it with you so they know what you want. But remember, you need to be flexible and prepared to do things differently from your birth plan if complications arise with you or your baby. The maternity team will tell you what they advise in your particular circumstances. Don't hesitate to ask questions if you need to.

Things to consider

You can find out more about the things you need to think about when you make your birth plan:

What happens during labour and delivery

Pain relief

Where you can give birth

Forceps or ventouse (intervention or instrumental delivery)

Caesarean section

Your baby after the birth

You can work out whether there is anything you feel strongly about and might wish to include. You may want to print out some information from this website to take with you to discuss with your midwife.

You and your partner can also think about what your birth partner can do to support you during labour.

Using your birth plan

Simply print out the blank version of the birth plan so that you can fill it in by hand when you are ready. To do this click on the 'print a blank birth plan form' link below.

Print a blank birth plan form.


Last Updated: 08/11/2017 13:24:05