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Creating an Action Plan for Your Delivery

Creating an Action Plan for Your Delivery

In the early days of both my pregnancies, I recall feeling as if my due date was so far into the future. Among the many decisions that I made early on, one that helped me the most was to create an action plan for my delivery.

A comprehensive action plan for the birth of your child can be empowering and informative. By clarifying your preferences, you can address hopes, fears, and concerns in advance. I created an action plan so that I'd feel prepared as well as reassured that my healthcare team and I were on the same page. 

I'm happy to offer an action plan with a sampling of questions to ask yourself and your healthcare provider. Since I knew I was giving birth at a hospital, some questions are specific to hospital deliveries and/or may not apply to your particular preferences.

Whether you take a glance, utilize each section, or choose the specific areas that are of importance to you, I hope an action plan helps communicate your goals and leads to a safe and healthy delivery.

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My goals for labor?

  • What/if any types of induction may be used?
  • What/if any are the types of hospital policies that may impact an induction/labor/cesarean section?
  • Specific birthing positions I may wish to try during labor?

Important factors to know about me:

  • Any physical, emotional, or psychological needs that you may need to address in advance?

My pain management goals:

  • The type of pain relief I'd prefer?
  • Any pain measures I'd like to avoid?

The people or items I'd like during labor/delivery:

  • Who would I like to witness the birth?
  • Would I want to watch the birth with a mirror if possible?
  • Types of equipment I may prefer such as a birthing ball, soothing lighting, or music?
  • Who may see me shortly after giving birth?
  • Who I'd like to cut the umbilical cord?
  • Plans for cord blood banking?

My Feeding preferences:

  • Breastfeeding?
  • Bottle-feeding?
  • Planning to take an infant care class?

After giving birth, my preferences include:

  • Preferences for rooming-in at the hospital?
  • Universal Newborn Screening questions?
  • Hearing Screening for Newborns questions?
  • Pacifier use preferences?
  • Vaccinations?
  • Circumcision if it's a boy?
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There are hundreds of other questions that can be added to an action plan for your delivery and it can be as comprehensive or as brief as you prefer. The ultimate goal is to promote communication in advance.

It’s also really important to choose a healthcare provider or birth partner that makes you feel comfortable, supports your preferences, and offers education and information throughout your pregnancy.

If you ever feel that you're not getting a response to your questions from your healthcare provider or you feel uncertain about any aspect of your pregnancy or action plan for labor and delivery, it should be discussed immediately. Please communicate your concerns and know that by advocating for yourself, you are also advocating for your baby. 

Did you have a birth plan? We'd love to hear questions that you'd include or recommend to others who are developing their action plan for delivery.


See below for some items you might want to bring with you to the hospital when the time comes!

Summer Infant Born Free ComfortFit Body Pillow
Summer Infant

Born Free ComfortFit Body Pillow

$ 59.39 $ 59.99

The Born Free ComfortFit Body Pillow is supportive during and after pregnancy. The unique design hugs the body providing ultimate support to your belly and legs while keeping hips in a comfortable position.WHAT MOMS LOVE Natural shape contours body to help mom sleep better during pregnancy Secondary use as a nursing pillow post partum Toddlers love to cuddle this pillow when relaxing 100% natural cotton cover is machine washable...

Nook Sleep Systems

Niche Nursing Pillow

$ 100.00

The Niche Nursing Pillow is the ideal lap pillow for feeding time, cuddle time, playtime, reading time and beyond. Organic inside and out and made in the USA. The Niche's squared design offers extra surface space for extended use while lightweight Kapok provides comfortable support and breathability. The Niche offers a special, safe place for baby at home and on the go! Cover Materials: Eucalyptus, Organic Cotton Core Materials:...

Niche Nursing Pillow
ABC-123 Reversible Welcome Blanket
Skip Hop

ABC-123 Reversible Welcome Blanket

$ 24.00

Wrap baby in stylish comfort with our ultra-cozy Reversible Welcome Home Blanket. Double-layered for warmth in 100% breathable cotton, this two-sided receiving blanket features contemporary prints that complement the entire Modern Baby Basics collection. 100% cotton One Size: 30" x 40" Machine washable

Skip Hop

ABC-123 Welcome Home Set 4pc - Grey

$ 35.00

Take the guesswork out of bringing baby home in comfort and style with our Modern Baby Basics 4-Piece Welcome Home Baby Set. An essential for every parent-to-be, this chic set includes all the must-have pieces needed to make baby's first public appearances memorable. Set includes Short-Sleeve Bodysuit, Footed Pants, Cardigan, and Baby Hat Scratch-free labels 100% cotton Sizes: NB and 3M Machine washable

ABC-123 Welcome Home Set 4pc - Grey
B.D.A. Nursing Bra
Belly Bandit

B.D.A. Nursing Bra

$ 22.88 $ 36.95

LOOK GREAT AND FEEL COMFORTABLE BEFORE, DURING AND AFTER... During pregnancy and when nursing, comfort is key. Let the B.D.A. Bra come to your clasps, snaps or buttons, just a simple slide-over design for easy nursing access and anytime wear. This lightweight, wireless and gently supportive bra is expertly designed to grow and shrink with your changing body! Easy pull side access for nursing Supports and lifts Lightweight...


Tender Care Lanolin - 2oz Tube

$ 7.99

All natural ingredients make the application easy and provide soothing relief to sore and tender nipples. Features:   Soothing relief for dry, sore and tender nipples. 100% safe for mom and baby - no need to remove before breastfeeding Glides on smoothly and gently - no-mess application. Preferred by moms over other formulas.

Tender Care Lanolin - 2oz Tube
Grab & Go Hide & Chic Nursing Scarf
Skip Hop

Grab & Go Hide & Chic Nursing Scarf

$ 30.00

Our soft and breathable nursing scarf has a mesh window that allows you to view baby, but still provides privacy as you nurse. Wear it poncho style for 360-degree coverage, position it over one shoulder, or even wear it as an infinity scarf when not feeding baby. Now that's a versatile accessory. Peek on baby while nursing in style. Wear it three ways: over one shoulder, poncho style, or...

Summer Infant

Born Free Nursing Shawl

$ 17.95

The Born Free Nursing Shawl allows mom to be stylish and discreet when nursing in public. So many styles to wear throughout the day! Soft comfortable fabric for mom and baby. Full coverage scarf with neck opening to wear when nursing Soft breathable fabric Available in black

Born Free Nursing Shawl
Chic Cowl Nursing Top
Udderly Hot Mama

Chic Cowl Nursing Top

$ 54.00

A flattering top that doesn't look like it's for nursing? And it makes breastfeeding and pumping a cinch? Yes please! You'll find the Chic Cowl to be the perfect blend of style and ease. Simply pull down the cowl to breastfeed and pump. The soft fabric has excellent stretch and will bounce right back into shape. The patent-pending inside flap, included in every Udderly Hot Mama® nursing garment, provides extra privacy during a feeding....

Linda Scruggs RN, BSN has specialized for over 12 years in reproductive medicine and women's health as a nurse. She is a mom of two young children and her work can be seen on her family health/parenting blog, as a contributor for The Huffington Post, and in one of the top fertility centers in the country. Follow Linda on Instagram @UnboxedMom, and Twitter @MOMtility.


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