What should be included in the birth plan?
Presence of birth companions and the role each will play
Cultural and religious requirements related to the care of the mother, newborn, and placenta
Labor activities such as preferred positions for labor and birth, ambulation, birth balls, showers and whirlpool baths, oral food and fluid intake
Labor and birth medical interventions such as pharmacologic pain relief measures, intravenous therapy, electronic monitoring, induction or augmentation measures, and episiotomy
Care and handling of the newborn immediately after birth such as immediate skin-to-skin contact, cutting of the cord, eye care, and breastfeeding