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A birth plan is a written document that outlines your preferences for labor and birth.
Birth plans are a communication tool. Women and couples use birth plans to share their preferences for labor and birth with their health care team, who uses the birth plan to guide care during delivery.
Whether you have just an idea of what you want your birth plan to look like, or you’ve got it all planned out, Dignity Health can help make your labor and delivery experience the best it can be. Find a Dignity Health OB near you to learn more about our options for birth plans and all that giving birth at one of our Family Birth Centers offers, including our holistic approach to your wellness.
Topics commonly addressed in a birth plan include:
Talk to your Dignity Health doctor to learn more about routine labor and birth practices, which can vary between hospitals. Our experienced doctors can also give you more information about labor and birth options, and answer any questions you may have. It’s best to have these conversations prior to your estimated due date and share your birth plan with your OB prior to birth.
Please remember labor and birth are unpredictable. Your health care team will try to honor your birth plan, but their first priority is you and your baby’s well-being.
Dignity Health Family Birth Center care teams can help you organize, choose, and execute your birth plan at St. Bernardine Medical Center.