Birth Plan

RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrics & Gynecology located in Elmhurst, IL, Westchester, IL, Hinsdale, IL, Oak Park, IL & Addison, IL

A carefully thought out birth plan allows you to feel more confident and in control of your labor and childbirth and puts you and your obstetrician on the same page. At RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology, with locations in Elmhurst, Addison, Westchester, Oak Park, and Hinsdale, Illinois, the obstetricians honor your birth plan and work with you to decide what’s best to suit your individual needs during this special and joyous time. For more information on creating a birth plan, call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology or simply click to book online today.

Birth Plan Q & A

What is a birth plan?

A birth plan is a document or list of what you’d like to happen when you’re in labor and when you give birth. It can also include how you’d like your baby cared for after birth.

Your obstetrician at RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology might give you a form to fill out to create a birth plan. You can also find sample birth plans and templates in reputable books, websites, and other sources. 

You can make your birth plan as detailed or simple as you’d like whether or not you use a form or template.

How should I create my birth plan?

Before you make your plan, you should know what your options are. Your RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology obstetrician can discuss the options in detail and help you decide what’s best.

Before creating your birth plan, you might want to:

  • Go to antenatal classes
  • Ask your physician about any concerns or issues you have in relation to labor and birth
  • Determine who should be involved in your care
  • Read and research pregnancy and childbirth
  • Talk to other mothers who’ve given birth
  • Talk to your partner or relatives or friends who’ll be there to support you at the birth

When creating a birth plan, you might want to ask yourself certain questions, such as:

  • Where do I want to have my baby?
  • Do I want my birth companion to stay with me all the time or just during certain stages of labor?
  • How would I like my birth environment to be? For example, will there be any music and low lighting?
  • Would I like any birthing aids, such as a beanbag, and do I want any pain relief?
  • What position would I like to try during labor and birth?

The RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology team is happy to work with a private doula or labor coach if you plan to use one.

What are the benefits of a birth plan?

A birth plan can help you feel more confident and in control of your labor and birth. It’s a great way to make sure you and your obstetrician are on the same page.

A birth plan gets you more involved with your pregnancy and childbirth and helps you prepare for the big event when you welcome your new family member into the world.

You should keep in mind that childbirth doesn’t always go to plan, and certain problems might arise that could alter your course of action. Think of your birth plan as more of a guide.

If you have questions and would like empathic and attentive assistance creating your birth plan, call RPW Obstetrics and Gynecology or book online today.