Create a birth or delivery plan

Even if your baby will not survive the birth or will only survive a short time after birth, his or her delivery experience can still be meaningful to you and your family. If you have not already created a plan, consider putting something together that tells your health care team how you would prefer your baby’s delivery to be handled. It doesn’t have to be formal or even written, although jotting something down on paper may help you organize your thoughts. Here are some considerations to include in your delivery plan.

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Article by Kay Squires, with special thanks to Valerie, Holly, and Marion, and the members of the PROM mailing list
January 2005, updated July 2011