Create Your Birth Plan

Whether you’re a first-time parent or an experienced pro, the birth of your child is a deeply personal experience. One way to prepare for this special day is to create a birth plan that you can share with your medical team, doula, labor coach, and/or loved ones who will be in the delivery room with you. It’s important to review the plan with your doctor to ensure your labor and delivery experience matches your expectations.

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What is a birth plan?

A birth plan is a document that outlines your preferences for labor and delivery. However, we always encourage flexibility as labor can be unpredictable and may require changes to ensure the safety of you and your baby.

Do I need a birth plan?

A birth plan isn’t a necessity, but it’s a useful tool that promotes dialogue between you and your healthcare provider. It allows you to voice your concerns, ask questions, and establish your birthing preferences.

How can I create my birth plan?

That’s where we come in! Our free birth plan builder is here to support your journey. With a series of thoughtful questions, it’ll guide you in identifying and voicing your birth preferences.

What's unique about our birth plan?

Our birth plan builder provides a personalized and comprehensive plan. It takes into account your accommodations, birth preferences, and safety, ensuring a balance between your desires and the best practices in obstetrics.

What information does the birth plan include?

Your birth plan will include a range of considerations – from pain management choices and delivery room attendees to postnatal care aspects such as breastfeeding.

I’ve created my birth plan, now what?

Once your personalized birth plan is ready, it’s time to share it with your healthcare provider. But remember, this plan is a stepping stone for open dialogue and not a strict schedule. Embracing flexibility will ensure that you and your baby’s needs can be promptly and effectively addressed during labor and delivery.

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Question 1 of 15

What is your baby’s due date?

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Question 2 of 15

Have you selected a provider to deliver your baby?

 

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Question 3 of 15

If you are having a hospital birth, would you like the hospital to have a newborn ICU?

A newborn ICU (NICU) is a department or unit in the hospital that is equipped and staffed to provide intensive care to newborn babies

 

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Is your pregnancy considered high-risk?

Women whose pregnancies are considered high-risk may include those:

  • Who are 35 or older, or under the age of 18.
  • Carrying twins or multiple babies.
  • With diabetes and other endocrine conditions.
  • With heart disease, congenital heart disease, or acquired heart disease.
  • With high blood pressure, preeclampsia, or kidney disease.
  • With infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS.
  • With infertility, reproductive issues, or difficulty conceiving.
  • With fetal cardiac anomaly or any fetal genetic condition identified during pregnancy.
  • With placenta accreta spectrum (PAS).
  • With placental disease, amniotic fluid disorders, or other conditions affecting the pregnancy.
 

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Question 5 of 15

Do you have a birth doula?

A birth doula is a companion who provides continuous, one-on-one care, as well as information, and physical and emotional support to the laboring person and their partner. A doula is not a medical provider. They do not make decisions for the birthing person or take over the role of their partner.

 

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Who would you like in the delivery room?

 

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Would you like medication to help manage your pain?

 

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Check all of your preferences for your laboring process:

 

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Question 9 of 15

If your labor is not progressing, what is your preference?

 

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What is your ideal delivery?

 

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Once it is time to deliver your baby, what are your preferences?

(Check all that apply)
 

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Question 12 of 15

How do you prefer to feed your baby?

 

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Question 13 of 15

If you’re planning to have a hospital birth and are carrying a boy, would you like to have him circumcised before you go home?

 

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Have you chosen a pediatrician for your child?

 

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Question 15 of 15

Additional Accomodations

 

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Your Birth Plan

Thank you for allowing us to help you create your birth plan. Though you may have a clear idea of how you would like your labor and delivery to go, it’s important to remember that things can change once you’re in labor. At Jackson Health System, it is important that we honor our patients’ birth plans, but their lives and their babies are always our top priority. Just because labor doesn’t go according to your birth plan, doesn’t mean it was not a healthy, successful birth.

We encourage you to review your birth plan with your partner and anyone else who will be a part of your delivery, including your provider. This will give your medical team an opportunity to discuss what may or may not be possible, determine any inconsistencies in your expectations, and find solutions that best meet your needs. Once your birth plan is set, make a few copies for your provider’s office, anyone who will be with you in the delivery room, and for the hospital or birthing center once you arrive. It’s also good to bring additional copies in case another provider ends up delivering your baby.

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My Birth Plan

Jackson Health System

The labor and delivery teams at Jackson Health System are ready to work with you and your family to create an environment that is comfortable and safe for you and your baby. We are honored to help you create your birth plan, and invite you to schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, tour any of our hospitals, and begin planning your ideal birthing experience.

Find A Pediatrician

An important part of preparing for the birth of your child is choosing a pediatrician. If you have not selected a pediatrician for your child, you can meet with one of our doctors by calling 305-585-PEDI (7334).