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  • A birth plan tells your healthcare professionals your preferences for when you are in labour and giving birth.
  • Because you cannot control every aspect of labour and the birth, it is therefore best to be flexible in your planning in case something does not go as planned.
  • In your birth plan, it is a good idea to list the people you want to have with you at the birth, what kind of pain relief you would prefer and if you have any special needs.
  • You can also include things you are hoping to avoid.
  • Be open to last-minute changes. Your health and the health of your baby are the most important things.

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Reviewed on: 23-03-2022