A birth plan can help guide the birthing process with basic instructions, wishes and expectations outlined for labor coaches, nurses and doctors. However, writing a birth plan does not mean labor will go as planned. Pregnant women can and should change the birth plan if events occur that alter needs or desires. Doctors may also request or demand changes in birth plans if the plan as outlined is not safe or supported by hospital rules and regulations.
Being flexible during birth is extremely important, but planning the birth is not unusual. A birth plan is like a guide your support team can use during labor to make your experience better.