It is 1,000 times easier to edit a birth plan template compared to creating one from scratch.
Sure, the hospital provides a two page 'fill-in-the-blank' questionnaire with some of the same information on it. However, it doesn't come close to providing the level of detail in your own plan.
Here's the template you can download and customize yourself:
Esther and I go through the details of each item on the document so you can hear the definitions and pros and cons of the various items included. The first installment of the birth plan podcast is Episode 13 and part two is episode 40. Click LISTEN at the top of the page for iTunes or Google Play to listen.
Finally, why do we sometimes say "intentions" instead of "plan"? Well, that's because if we call something an 'intention', we set the expectation that things may or may not go exactly according to what is written down. And that's reality. If things go exactly as we want, great. If not, we are emotionally prepared to cope with a range of outcomes, and that makes for a smoother delivery process.
Listen to Sarah and Ester talk you through the ins and outs of each item on the birth plan document:
(If the Google Play link does not work for you, check out our recommended alternative here: https://www.ottoradio.com/podcast/fourth-trimester-podcast--the-first-months-and-bey)