Your birth plan

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A birth plan is a way of communicating with midwives and other healthcare professionals. It tells them how you would like to give birth. Although it is impossible to know in advance what kind of experience you'll have, it can be a good idea to think about some of the options you might face. It allows you to make decisions about the management of your childbirth experience so that you won't have to make them during labour.

Carefully word your birth plan and try not to make it sound like a list of demands. Use it as your chance to explain things that really matter to you. But remember, the best birth plans acknowledge that things may not go according to plan.

What you could include

Your birth plan can include factors such as where you would like to give birth and what kind of delivery you would like.

If you have a disability and require any special treatment, note this in your birth plan. You should also note down if you have any particular religious needs or if you require a special diet whilst in hospital.

Your midwife will be able to give you more advice on your birth plan and you can discuss any concerns you have with them.

For more information, and a useful online birth plan creator, please visit the NHS Choices website


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