I thought we could share our birth plans here as we are working on them and get feedback/ideas. I came up with a pretty detailed plan that I will probably edit down, but I need to talk to my doula and OB about the things that don't need to be stated for my very mom/baby-friendly hospital. Anyway, here goes (names taken out for privacy):
BIRTH PLAN- **** HOSPITAL
Attended by: ****
**** and I are anticipating an unmedicated vaginal birth for our second child. We value your encouragement and support in making this possible!
--Freedom of movement is very important to me as I plan to employ a variety of natural pain management techniques. I appreciate your assistance in making this possible through the use of intermittent fetal monitoring. (I will add in my preference for a hep-loc here if I am GPS+)
--I prefer to avoid routine vaginal exams.
--I do not wish for my water to be artificially broken unless I request it.
--Please wait for me to request pain medication.
--I intend to follow my natural urge to push with freedom of position. Please do not count.
--I welcome your support in preventing a tear but prefer a natural tear over an episiotomy. I do not consent to an episiotomy.
--Please refrain from pulling/maneuvering baby's head before shoulders are born. If positioning is a problem, help me change to hands/knees position.
--Please remind me to touch my son’s head as he is being born.
AFTER THE BIRTH:
--Please place my son directly on my chest/stomach after birth.
--**** would like to cut the cord once it stops pulsating (5-10 minutes after the birth).
--I prefer to deliver the placenta once it has detached on its own. I do not consent to traction, gentle or otherwise, on the cord.
--We would like to see the placenta after it is delivered. Please save the placenta for us to take home.
--I do not consent to a pitocin shot after birth unless I am hemorrhaging.
--I do not consent to manual removal of clots from my uterus.
NEWBORN CARE AND FEEDING:
--We prefer for the initial bath to be done in our room with our assistance.
--We will be breastfeeding and do not consent to the use of artificial nipples or supplements (including glucose solution and/or formula).
--We prefer that newborn exams be delayed for at least one hour after birth.
--We will not be circumcising our son.
--We do not consent to the eye ointment or Hepatitis B vaccination for our son.
I feel like this birth plan is rather assertive/bossy- is it just me or do I need to soften some of the language? Is there anything I've forgotten?