Originally Posted by dayiscoming2006
So, any of you have hospital transfer birth plans? I'm thinking to write one up but I'm not sure what I need to put on there. Any ideas? Do you have one to share?
I'd only go in if there was a serious emergency.
Here you go:
Birth Plan (Hospital)
Expected Due Date: April 1, 2011
J and I are eagerly awaiting the birth of our third child (our first pregnancy) and have thought a lot about our ideal preferences for our labour and birth experience. It is our wish to have as natural a birth experience as possible, we understand that labour and delivery does not always go as planned. While we are planning a homebirth, should we be transferred, we value and appreciate any information you can give us to help us make informed choices during our time in hospital.
My support people are my partner J and our Doula Hayley. I would like them to be present at all times during my labour and birth. No students or non-essential personnel are to be present during my labor or the birth. I would like to have all procedures, no matter how routine, discussed with myself and J prior to administration.
• I would like to be free to walk, move around and change position at will around during labor
• I would like to labour in various gravity-enhanced, vertical positions
• I am planning to eat light snacks and drink fluids throughout labour
• I may be bringing music to play during labor
• I would like the environment to be kept as quiet as possible
• I would like the lights in the room to be kept low during my labor and delivery
• I would prefer to keep the number of vaginal exams to a minimum
• I do not want an IV unless it is absolutely necessary in the case of dehydration or the administration of medication
• Pelvic exams and fetal monitoring should be kept to a minimum
• I do not wish to have continuous fetal monitoring or an internal monitor unless it is required by the condition of our baby or unless our baby has shown signs of distress
• I do not wish to have my labour induced or augmented, except for in an emergency
• If labor is not progressing, in order of preference, I would like to be allowed to try changing positions, other natural methods (walking, nipple stimulation) or rupturing my amniotic membranes before pitocin is administered
• I am planning to have a natural birth and will use a combination of movement, counter pressure, hot and cold applications, water immersion, touch and massage, aromatherapy and meditation for pain management
• I realize that many pain medications exist — I'll ask for them if I need them
• I would like to be allowed to choose the position in which I give birth, and prefer those that utilize gravity-enhanced, vertical positions
• Even if I am fully dilated, and assuming our baby is not in distress, I would like to try to wait until I feel the urge to push before beginning the pushing phase and be allowed to continue without intervention for as long as it takes
• While I am bearing down, please encourage me with supportive statements like, “You’re doing great,” “You can do it,” and “Hang in there.”
• I would like to keep my perineum intact and request massage with oil, hot compresses and other forms of perineal support to reduce the possibility of tearing during the pushing stage
• No episiotomy will be performed under any circumstances
• I would like a local anesthetic if any stitches are required
Immediately After Delivery
• I would like to have to have immediate skin-to-skin contact between the baby and myself after her birth
• I would like to be left undisturbed for a minimum of 1 hour following birth with newborn procedures performed afterward while the baby is on my chest
• We would like to have our midwife cut the cord. We would like to wait until the cord has stopped pulsing before it is clamped and cut. We plan to keep the placenta to take home with us.
• I would like to hold our baby while I deliver the placenta and any tissue repairs are made
• If our baby must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, J or Hayley will accompany her at all times
• We would prefer to hold our baby rather than have her placed under heat lamps nor on a warming mat if she is having a hard time maintaining her temperature
• We would like to delay the eye medication and vitamin K injection for our baby until after I have had the chance to nurse her
• Unless absolutely necessary, I would like to avoid a cesarean and I would like to be fully informed and to participate in the decision-making process
• I would like J and Hayley present at all times if our baby requires a cesarean delivery
• If our baby is not in distress, she should be given to J as soon as possible after her birth
• I would like a double layer closure
• I would like to see my baby and have her placed on my chest if there are no complications
• I would like an epidural or spinal as opposed a general anesthetic
• I would like a private room, if available
• Unless required for health reasons, we do not wish to be separated from our baby
• We would like to have our baby "room in" and be with us at all times
• I plan to breastfeed our baby and would like to do so immediately after birth
• Do not offer a pacifier or any bottles at any time during our stay, including formula, glucose water or plain water
Thank you very much for your support during the birth of our child!