Questions About Birth Plans? We’ve Got Answers

By Marisa Iallonardo
Reviewed by Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
October 24, 2022

You may have been thinking about the type of birth you want from the moment you found out you were pregnant—or maybe you’ve only recently started envisioning the delivery. Either way, you’ll likely find it helpful to create a birth plan. And your doctor or midwife will probably find it useful, as well.

“In my view, birth plans are important because they can facilitate and assist me, as a provider, in understanding the values that are important to each individual patient,” explains Damali Campbell-Oparaji, M.D., a board-certified ob/gyn and assistant professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey.

The process of preparing your birth plan can be just as valuable as the final draft itself. But it’s not always self-explanatory. Here are some common questions that arise when creating a birth plan, and answers from experts in labor and delivery.