Birth planning is a vague science; some birth workers now refer to “birth preferences” instead, and some prefer to avoid this sort of planning altogether. I’ve found a few resources online including this comprehensive tool from the NHS, and cobbled together a list of prompts so that my clients and I can go through it together and make something that is completely tailored to their needs. I’ll be taking several copies with me to the birth!
Early labour – where?
Where to give birth – MLU/delivery suite/pool etc
Who do I want to be with me?
Equipment I plan to take with me
Intermittent/continual monitoring of baby during labour
Keeping active during labour
Positions to adopt
Trainee midwives/doctors in the room
Immediate skin to skin
Pain relief preferences
Third stage – active/managed
Any special requirements