A birthplan is a way for you (together) to prepare yourself for the upcoming delivery. You let each other (as partners) and your obstetric caregiver (midwife, gynaecologist) know what you want and what you don’t want during your delivery.
It concerns here a ‘wish’-list, not a ‘demand’-list of, at a maximum, 1 A4.
We will discuss your birthplan during the consulting-hour. This way we find out what your expectations are and where you might have worries or concerns. We will then look at whether or not your wishes are realizable and, if necessary, what the alternatives are.
Research has shown that realistic expectations prior to the delivery lead to greater satisfaction after the delivery. The goal of the birthplan is to make your delivery-experience as positive as possible (given the medical circumstances).
We will do our best to take your wishes into account as best we can, but the medical condition of both mother and child will always be the determining factor.
For examples you can go to the following websites: geboorteplan KNOV or Als bevallen spannend is. These examples are in Dutch. You can also google 'birthplan' to find examples in English. There is also a possibility to make a visual birthplan, examples also to be found online.