A. It’s a good idea to start working on your birth plan in your third trimester so you have time to get your questions answered by your care provider before the big day. We suggest asking your provider what their standards are first so you don’t have to repeat yourself on your birth plan. For instance, if you are giving birth in a hospital it is standard procedure to have a heplock (for easy access should an IV need to be started) whether you want one or not. Other procedures like episiotomies, labor induction or continual fetal monitoring should be discussed with your care provider in advance and then your preferences can be restated on your birth plan. Ultimately you need to talk about and include, what is most important to you and your partner.