One of the most common questions I get from pregnant women is, "Should I make a birth plan?" My answer is yes! No matter what kind of birth you're planning, a comprehensive birth plan is a helpful step in knowing what your options are and what your primary and secondary goals are. Although your birth may not go exactly according to plan, it's important to let your care providers know what kind of birth you're hoping for and what your expectations are. You can begin your birth plan in pregnancy and it extends until the postpartum period and for your newborn as well.
One of my favorite birth plans is from Earth Mama Angel Baby's website. The plan is pretty comprehensive and can be re-written however parents wish. You can view the birth plan template here: