Navigating all of the various ways in which to give birth can be tricky. There are so many options available to you, and it’s hard to know where to begin, so we thought we’d offer a few tips.

Writing your birth plan

As women today, we have an incredible amount of choice and freedom when it comes to giving birth. You might be planning an active child birth where you let your body take the lead. Or maybe you want your doctor to guide you through from start to finish. Whatever your preferences, having a clearly written birth plan will tell the people around you during labour exactly what you want and if there are any interventions you would rather avoid.

Of course, you may have to be flexible because babies have a habit of turning even the best laid plans upside down. But by writing your birth plan in advance of the big day you’ll have time to consider all your options, make important decisions with a cool head and prepare for every eventuality. It doesn’t have to be an essay: a couple of lines might be all you need.

Giving birth your way

With so much to plan, organise and arrange, finding the time to write your own birth plan can be a tiresome task in itself. So to give you a hand, we’ve created a downloadable birth plan, which you can personalise to suit your wishes.

Just remember that while your Birth Plan states your preferences, nothing is cast in stone. Anything can happen at birth, so it’s a good idea to play it by ear at the time and listen to your doctor who will always advise you on what’s best for both you and your baby.