Trying to get pregnant? Make sure you know the bottom line on baby-making—what you don't understand can affect your bub-to-be's health.
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Think of it as more of a wish list
A quick scan of the Web will turn up dozens of lengthy checklist-style birth plans to help you plan your ideal labor and delivery. In reality, the ideal scenario rarely plays out, and while you can try to guide your experience, childbirth is something that none of us can ever fully control. Still, it's important to educate yourself about the process of labor and delivery, and to spend some time early in your pregnancy thinking through what's most important to you.
That's where our birth plans come in.
They're designed to help you home in on the key questions you should ask yourself. By writing open-ended responses to these questions, you'll be able really get to the heart of what matters most to you. Print your plan and use it to shop for a care provider whose vision closely matches your own. And no matter what, remember that the most important outcome of your labor and delivery will be a healthy mom and baby.