31 Days of Preparing for Baby, Day 9
Day 9: Write a Birth Plan
For us this was essential. We really did not want some of the standard hospital procedures done to me or to our baby girl. So we wrote up a one page plan.
I know that you can't plan everything, but the plan is really a guideline so that the nurses know what type of birth you would like to have. We had an amazing nurse and she was very supportive of our desires and helped us have the natural birth we wanted.
Here is a good checklist to review when writing your birth plan from the Baby Center. I also liked this article written from a L and D nurse.
(Here is a link to all the posts for 31 Days of Preparing for Baby, the links will become active as the series progresses.)