When writing a birth plan it is important to keep three things in mind.
- Be specific.
- Be brief.
- Be positive.
- Direct communication is necessary.
- Clearly state the things that are most important to you.
- Bullet points communicate your wishes in fewer words.
- Lengthy birth plans can put your healthcare provider on the defensive.
- Phrase your requests with positive words, such as "freedom to move around" instead of "do not make me stay in bed."
- State clearly that your plans are in anticipation of a healthy birth for you and your baby and that you are flexible if the course of your labor takes an unexpected turn.