Tottttallllllllllly off topic, but we meet the new OB tomorrow for the first time (along with doing my blood testing, ugh), and so we wanted to have a rough draft birth plan to present her with, to get a feel of how she's going to take things. This is what we came up with so far. It will need to be tweaked and reworded before the big day, but it's got the general thoughts (and some I already know she's going to go bug eyed on).
Wish me luck!
I believe birth is not an illness or a condition, but an amazing, wonderful, exciting event that is normal, natural and healthy.
I believe women intuitively and instinctively know how to give birth. Those caring and supporting them need to trust and respect that inner wisdom.
I believe women’s confidence and ability to birth is either enhanced or diminished by those who care for her and where she births.
I believe women have a right to give birth free from routine medical interventions. If interventions become necessary, all information needed to support and understand the intervention, should be provided.
I believe education empowers women to make informed choices in health care, to assume responsibility for their health and to trust their intuition, instinct and inner wisdom.
My wish is to have a hands off, uninterrupted labor and birth provided baby and I are both doing well. The preferences below have been carefully chosen in order to facilitate this.
- I wish to eat and drink as normal during labor in order to sustain my body.
- As long as mother and baby are doing fine, there should be no time limits placed on us during labor and delivery.
- Please do not offer any pain medication. I will ask for some if I desire.
- I will not consent to an IV or saline lock as a routine procedure.
- I do not consent to having my water artificially broken unless I request so.
- During the second stage, I would like to be free to push in whichever position feels the most comfortable.
- I wish to breathe the baby out without assistance. Please do not count for me.
· I do not wish to be touched while baby is being delivered, including perineum support, unless I ask for you to do so
· I will not have an episiotomy cut under any circumstances, please let me know if you think I am going to tear, and I would prefer to try position changes, counterpressure, and then to tear naturally if needed
After the Birth:
· Baby is to be placed on my chest immediately after birth
· Newborn exams will be delayed for at least one hour and performed on my chest
· I do not consent to a pitocin shot after birth
· My baby will not receive the vitamin K shot or erythromycin, and will not have blood drawn without prior consent. The baby’s paediatrician is arranging with us to have a Newborn screen completed one week after birth.
· I do not consent for the cord to be cut until it has stopped pulsating unless lifesaving measures are needed
· I do not consent to traction on the umbilical cord.
· The baby will receive no vaccinations while in the hospital
· We would like to return home as soon as possible and would appreciate help in doing so.