I am working on getting my birth plan together for my husband and little reminders for myself. I am 28 weeks now, and I feel like I should get this together. My mom will also be there to help take care of our other children, and I was wanting some pointers for her also. This is just for birth plan related items. I have cheat sheets for emergency situations already. My birth plan is coming together pretty well, but I could use some input. Here is what I have so far:
Ashley’s Birth Plan
In Case of Emergency call 911
Once Ashley confirms labor has truly started Sean needs to:
Call Cora, Tamara, Grandparents, and Shannon; explain severity of symptoms.
Ask Cora to pick up kids from school if necessary.
Start setting/filling up birth tub 94-98 degrees.
Help Ashley take a shower, get comfortably dressed, and apply makeup if she desires.
Make sure Ashley drinks at least a few sips of water/juice every few minutes, and goes to the restroom at least once per hour.
Once people arrive at our home:
Shannon can start taking photos: many photos of all the kids, family, birth supplies, things all set up, all stages of labor/positions/support/etc. Photos of EVERYTHING!!!!
Sean, Cora, and Tamara needs to start setting up and laying out all of the birth supplies, warm compresses need to be placed in crock-pot of hot water, get container for placenta, and something for Ashley to throw up in.
Make sure there are easy snacks (fruits, finger foods, cheese and crackers, etc) and drinks for Ashley to intake to keep up energy.
Clean things around the house and make sure kids are happy and occupied to ease stress from Ashley.
Make sure Ashley drinks at least a few sips of water/juice every few minutes, and uses the restroom at least once per hour.
Tips to help Ashley through labor:
Offer to rub Ashley’s feet, back, legs, shoulders, head, hands, etc.
Apply counter pressure to either side of her hips/lower back hard enough to spread hips and relieve pressure; she will tell verbally guide you through this.
Encourage Ashley to change positions when she isn’t coping well; positions to offer include: hands-and-knees, sitting on ball, bent over counter/bed, holding on to someone, swaying hips back and forth, getting into birth tub, taking a shower, and laying down to rest.
While in birth tub, use a cup to pour water down Ashley’s back, down arm, and down the back of her head.