Preparing for labour

As your due date approaches, it is a good idea to start preparing for the arrival of your new baby – there are several things you can do to help make it a smooth and stress free process.

Birth plans

A birth plan is your way of documenting what you would like to happen during your labour. There is no correct way to fill in a birth plan as all labours and births are different and every woman will have her own individual wishes and concerns. Key themes you may wish to think about are:
  • who you want with you and what their role will be
  • where and how you will deliver your baby
  • how you wish to cope in early labour
  • pain relief options as labour progresses
  • any special requirements as soon as the baby is delivered (skin to skin with the baby, who will cut the cord etc)
  • how you wish to deliver the placenta (third stage)
  • whether you want the baby to receive vitamin K or not
Write down any questions you have to take to your antenatal appointments – this way your midwife can help you with any decisions that you’re not sure about.