My Guide to Labor & Delivery

My Birth Plan

Birth Plan Checklist

The following is an example of a birth planning checklist. It's important to remember, however, that each birth is unique ... and babies rarely arrive according to "plan." Hopefully this list will help you think about some of your labor and delivery preferences so you can share them with your doctor and your labor nurses.

Because the birth process is unpredictable, we encourage you to be flexible about your birth plan. Remember that the primary job of your doctor and labor nurses is to safeguard your health and the health of your new baby -- and sometimes, labor and delivery preferences may need to be sacrificed for health reasons.


I'd like the following people to be present during labor and/or birth:


I'd also like:
To bring music
To dim the lights
To take pictures and/or video during labor and after the delivery


I'd like the option of returning home if I'm not in active labor.

Once I'm admitted, I'd like:
My partner to stay with me
To wear my contact lenses, as long as I don't need a C-section
To stay hydrated by drinking clear fluids as long as the baby and I are doing fine
To walk and move around, as possible

As long as the baby and I are doing fine, I'd like:
To have intermittent rather than continuous electronic fetal monitoring if appropriate
To be allowed to progress naturally

If appropriate, I'd like to try:
A birthing ball
A squatting bar
A labor pool/tub (reservations required 314-996-5751)

When it's time to push, I'd like to try the following positions for pushing (and birth):
Side-lying position
Hands and knees
Whatever feels right at the time
As long as my baby and I are doing fine, I'd like the pushing stage to be allowed to progress naturally


I'd like to try the following pain-management techniques:
Hot shower and/or labor tub (reservations required 314-996-5144)
Breathing techniques/distraction
Pain Medication such as an epidural
I would like to avoid an epidural if possible (but understand that it is available if needed)


I'd like:
To view the birth using a mirror
The room to be as quiet as possible
To avoid an episiotomy, if possible
My partner to help cut the umbilical cord if appropriate and if the baby is doing fine

After birth, I’d like:
To hold my baby right away, putting off any procedures that aren’t urgent (standard practice at MoBap)
To breastfeed as soon as possible


If I have a C-section, I'd like:
My partner present at all times during the operation
The baby given to my partner as soon as he's dried, assuming he's in good health (standard practice at MoBap)
To breastfeed my baby in the recovery room


I plan to:
Breastfeed exclusively
Combine breastfeeding and formula-feeding
Formula-feed exclusively

The following can be offered to my baby:
Please don't offer anything but my breast milk to my baby

I'd like:
24-hour rooming-in with my baby (standard practice at MoBap)
The option of having my baby cared for in the MoBap Nursery when I want to take a nap or take a shower
I'd like my other child(ren) brought into the room as soon as appropriate after the birth

If my baby is a boy:
I'd like him circumcised at the hospital.
I'll have him circumcised later.
I don't want him circumcised.

Birth Plan Checklist