(I searched for a birth plan thread and didn't find one... forgive me if I'm repeating something that's already been addressed.)
Since this is our 5th delivery, I'm going very simple. My first was an emergency c-section, second was a VBAC, third a scheduled c-section (they let me go 11 days late, but I never went into labor), fourth was a VBAC, and this one will be a scheduled c-section (blah). It's worth pointing out that I've had a baby in LA and a baby in Boston... and now we live in this bodunk little town in Central Pennsylvania. The fact that I'm nursing and not having him circumcised makes us a bunch of crazy hippies. There will be some nurses who see this and disregard it as new age and silly. That's why I'm going so basic. So here's my very basic birth plan... what am I forgetting?
C-section and Recovery Plan for the Child of Barbara and David.
This is our fifth child. We understand anything we “plan” is flexible and our ultimate goal is for our child to be healthy at all cost. We appreciate the time you’ve taken to read this and your understanding in regards to any anxiety we may deal with.
Drug Allergies: Penicillin, Codeine, Compazine, Sulfa
Delivery: C-section performed by Dr. L. If Dr. L is not available, I would like to talk with the doctor who will be performing the c-section prior to being in the OR.
Medication: Pain medication is very welcome. Anti-anxiety medication may be a good idea, too. The last time I was in Labor & Deliver we struggled to deliver our son, who had died in utero. I may be prone to feeling very anxious while in the hospital.
In OR: David’s primary concern should be the baby once he’s delivered. If the baby needs to go to the NICU for any reason, please be sure David goes with him.
I have no desire to see any part of the delivery process. No photos until the baby is clean and safely bundled up. No photos of anything medical that may upset my older children. Unless it’s absolutely necessary, please don’t tell me what’s happening. In fact, the less I know about what’s going on with my own health, the better off we all are. Dr. L is quite versed in my ‘less is more’ preference.
The oxygen tends to blow in my eyes. Please help me adjust it so that doesn’t happen.
Please tell me as soon as possible that the baby is healthy. I don’t need to see him immediately, but please reassure me and let me hear him cry.
Feeding: We understand blood sugars may be an issue. It is our strong preference that this baby be breastfed. A bottle should be used only if I am unable to nurse and blood sugars are a concern.
Please do not use pacifiers until breastfeeding has been successfully established.
Circumcision: Under NO circumstances is our child to be circumcised.