Creating Winning Birth Plans

Making Effective Birth Plans with Your Clients

Birth plans for doulas and their clients

In discussing birth plans for doulas and their clients, it becomes important that you support your client in making a birth plan that will be useful to her in clarifying her desires and read and respected by care providers. Learn to draft and edit this document with her to create an empowering vision for her birth.  It can become an effective communication tool for the woman with her partner, her birth attendants, her primary medical caregiver and other staff.

This process also averts the common situation where the birth plan is actually an impediment to good relations with the birth team if they are based on out-of-date information or past experiences/trauma. A good birth plan can set clear boundaries and realistic expectations while building bridges instead of walls.

We will share our perspective on listening to the fears and perceptions of the woman and her partner, offering a template for a draft plan, and how to edit compassionately.  This process can result in effective birth plans for you and your clients, to realistically prepare your clients for the birth, actively inform them on options and lead them to the place where they can start dreaming their ideal birth.