This printable, free, birth plan worksheet PDF will give your hospital an idea of what you’d like in a simple and complete way. It’s just a one-page birth template that will even help you have in mind what you want.
Creating a Birth Plan
Birthing Plan Worksheet
Have you thought of making a birth plan?? This post & birth plan worksheet will help you in writing a good birth plan — or, it may make you consider just leaving the birth plan at home. 🙂
Printable Birth Plan Template
This printable worksheet is going to go over what is most frequently on birth plans and you might want to consider before you head into a delivery.
No Idea what you want on your birth plan?
I know, the hospital is a pretty foreign place — and we certainly speak a foreign language!
I do briefly cover the information in that email I’ll send you, but if you’re looking for more info — all of the items in the birth plan are covered in my online prenatal class.
I believe that all couples need a prenatal class and I created my own to simplify labor from your couch. I want all of my patients as comfortable as possible at the hospital, and now you don’t even have to fight traffic to do it!
Psst, today you can even save 10% with code PC10.
Honestly, birth plans are something I encounter frequently. Although, not as often as some people think. I would guess maybe 5% of our patients have a birth plan where I am now. I would think the number would be closer to 2% at my last hospital (different populations).
I think this free printable birth plan template will help you solidify plans for your birth — so it’s great for that!
Related Post: What to pack in your hospital bag
Things Most Often on a Birth Plan
Birth plan questions for labor:
Induction — if you want one, or would prefer none
Pitocin – both for your induction or afterward
What you plan to wear — our gown or your own clothes/gown
Are you OK with an IV? IV’s are the general standard of care at the hospital
How do you want to position yourself in labor — Sitting, standing, laying on the bed, etc?
Do you hope to eat in labor?
Who do you prefer to be in your room at delivery
Birth plan questions for after delivery:
Do you want the baby medications for after delivery?
Do you want the baby skin to skin after delivery (this is standard of care as long as baby/mom are well)
Do you want the baby to have a bath (or when do you want it to have a bath?)
Are you planning to breast or bottle-feed?
Do you plan to use a pacifier?
**Clearly there are plenty of other items than this that could be on your birth plan, but these are the most frequent ones.
What do nurses think of birth plans?
**I have been a labor nurse since 2001, and this is just what I have experienced from those who have birth plans — you might find the insight helpful**
My final plea is that if you want a home birth experience, give birth at home. We just have SO many rules at the hospital that we HAVE to follow that can’t give you a home birth experience. We HAVE to monitor, we have to follow what the doctor says. It’s just the way of the hospital. And we take so much risk by letting you have your way with things.
I constantly wish I could just deliver babies without policies or charting or worries. But, lawyers have made that a thing of the past.
Just remember that your nurse is on your team. She wants the same thing you do — a healthy mom and baby. It’s no good trying to fight it. 😉
One page printable birth plan
Birth Plan Worksheet FAQ’s
Just put what you’d prefer — again, don’t get STUCK in your birth plan. It is just a way to communicate to the staff taking care of you, what you would prefer.
Honestly, if the things you want are what is the standard of care, no. But, if your birth plan varies quite a bit from the “norm” or it just makes you feel more comfortable, be sure to print one out.
I actually found it helpful to take to my doctor around 30 weeks so you could talk about delivery day well in advance. The birth plan helps to guide that conversation, which is really helpful!
It can also be really helpful to take to the staff if you think you might be as communicative when you are nervous (or might forget something).
You might also be interested in my hospital packing checklist:
This post was originally written November 2012, but has been updated.