Labor and delivery, like so many aspects of having kids, rarely go as planned. But giving birth is a big deal — okay, probably the biggest deal of your life, to date — and many mamas-to-be want at least some control over how things go. (Hoping to do this drug-free? Know you want to get the epidural curbside at the hospital? Want to make sure you get that baby in your arms as soon as possible after the birth?)
Of course you understand that all plans and preferences may go completely out the window once things are really under way. But still, thinking about your birth, discussing it with your partner and ob-gyn or midwife, and writing a few things down in advance will ease your anxiety level and help you address your biggest concerns — well before you're in there pushing.
We've highlighted a few of the most common labor and delivery stipulations women have — and we've kept things simple. Use these questions as your birth plan template, writing down your answers then sharing with your support team before the big day.