Preparing a Detailed Birth Plan

Educate yourself about your options for delivery day and create a birth plan with this handy checklist.

Every labor and birth is different, each miraculous in its own way. It's a situation full of unknowns -- and the best way to approach it is to familiarize yourself with the possibilities. Start with this rundown of birth and labor options.

To create a simple birth plan, print this page and check off the elements that appeal to you -- then share your choices with your healthcare provider. Make sure a copy of the plan gets into your medical records, which will be available to staffers at your birthing site.

Remember that formulating a birth plan doesn't guarantee a seamless experience. No matter how you go about it, labor and childbirth call for a flexible attitude and a sense of adventure!

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