Birth Plans: What, when and how to create one

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In one of our group prenatal programs, someone asked “How can I plan for the birth of my baby”? It sparked a conversation about what a birth plan is, when to write it and how to create one.

Here are some ideas to help you create your own plan:


  • What kind of birth you would like
  • Who you would like present during your labour and birth
  • Your preferences about pain control and interventions
  • How you would like your baby cared for after birth, including newborn procedures and feeding


  • Most individuals write a Birth Plan after they have discussed their plan with their partner/support person, family and health care provider.


  • Ask your health care provider if they have a Birth Plan available for you to use
  • Check out the Birth Plan provided by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada (SOGC)
  • A simple and short Birth Plan is best

Remember, ultimately you make decisions about your own body

Learn about your options in labour and birth and find out what the benefits, risks and alternatives are for these options. This can help you make informed decisions about your Birth Plan.

Creating a Birth Plan can help communicate your wishes about your labour, birth and care for your baby.

Have you created a Birth Plan before? Comment below to let us know how it helped you.

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