Assignment: Birth Plan

Write your own birth plan. Imagine that you or your partner is expecting a baby. What choices would you make about your labor and delivery? If this scenario is unlikely for you, you can write the birth plan for a friend, fictional character, or as the doctor of a patient. Use this template along with what you learned in the text to guide the creation of your plan: “Tips on Writing a Birth Plan.”

In an essay of between 300-600 words, cover the following four areas:

  • Requests before birth
  • Requests during labor and delivery
  • Vaginal vs. C-section birth preferences
  • Requests for newborn care
Sample Grading Rubric
Criteria Proficient Developing Not Evident Points
Presents a coherent birth plan between 300-600 words Writes in clear, descriptive sentences with no or few grammatical errors. The birth plan is well organized and complete. Does not provide enough detail in the birth plan or contains several grammatical errors. Incomplete birth plan or difficult to understand. __/4
Describes choices for each of the four areas (before birth, during labor and delivery, vaginal vs. c-section, and newborn care) Includes sufficient information for each of the four areas. Includes sufficient information for two or three of the areas. The other area may be incomplete or missing. Includes information for only one or none of the required areas. __/12
Explains the connection with the text Makes a strong connection between the birth plan and the relevant topics that were presented in the text. Makes a weak connection between the birth plan and the relevant topics that were presented in the text. Does not back up choices in the birth plan with relevant information from the text. __/4
Total: __/20

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