Anyone else want to share theirs? I just finished mine. This is for my 4th baby, and I've used the same midwife for the past two babies, so this plan is reaklly more for my doula and birth photographer who have not been with me during birthing time yet.
Kali Shanti's Birth Plan
Estimated Due Date: December 13 2013
Husband: Joel; Midwife: Vicky ; Doula: Erin; Son: Tor; Birth Photographer: Ashley. Others may be present, not sure yet.
I don’t have too much info to put in my “birth plan”. Basically, I just go into my “labor land” and you can offer help if you want or I will ask. To those of you who haven't attended one of my labors before, they tend to be relatively fast, I tend to be pretty loud (but usually “in control”), sometimes I may go be by myself in another room for a bit, and I only desire soft encouraging presences/words.
I will ask for cervical exams if I desire them.
Tor is welcome to come and go as he pleases.
My support persons may encourage me by reading any positive affirmations off of the candles, read Scriptures, or say prayers out loud in between contractions.
Help yourselves to any drink and food you can find.
I may use a TENS unit, birth ball, essential oils, music, vocalizations, water, my doula, etc to manage my surges (contractions).
If I start to sound panicky or my vocalizations get to high pitched, vocalize with me to lower them/calm them down.
I hope to birth in the water, so please help get the pool set up if needed.
No coaching please unless I ask for it; I prefer birth to be just encouraging words, like “She’s coming soon” or “You can do this.”
I will have a birth photographer; I would like her to be able to get good shots so she will be moving about the room as desired.
I might also have a video camera set up. If at all possible try to be aware of it and where you are standing in relation to it.
I would like to try and catch my own baby. Please remind me of this and help guide me by words or touch on what to do.
Please delay cord clamping until I say. Offer cord cutting to Joel or Tor first.
I will be encapsulating my placenta. Please put it in the provided bags and put in fridge.
Thank you for being a part of this wonderful event! I am so blessed to have such good care and support!