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Effectiveness of birth plan counselling based on shared decision making: A cluster randomized controlled trial (APLANT).


López-Gimeno E, Seguranyes G, Vicente-Hernández M, Burgos Cubero L, Vázquez Garreta G, Falguera-Puig G
PLoS One. 2022; 17(9):e0274240.
PMID: 36094935.


A birth plan (BP) is a written document in which the pregnant woman explains her wishes and expectations about childbirth to the health professionals and aims to facilitate her decision-making. Midwives' support to women during the development of the BP is essential, but it's unknown if shared decision making (SDM) is effective in birth plan counselling. We hypothesized that women who receive counselling based on SDM during their pregnancy are more likely to present their BP to the hospital, more satisfied with the childbirth experience, and have better obstetric outcomes than women who receive standard counselling. We also aimed to identify if women who presented BP to the hospital have better obstetric outcomes and more satisfied with the childbirth experience.