Originally Posted by BetsyS
Maybe I'm naive.....
But, I just don't see it as necessary to write, "no IV unless necessary." Um, they have to be touching you to give you an IV. So, why can't you just say no right then. Why does it have to be a birth plan thing? Same with artificial rupture of membranes or excessive vaginal exams. These things aren't going to happen without you knowing that they are happening. (If I'm so out of it that I don't know someone is checking me...well, we've got much bigger problems than excessive vaginal exams) So, I guess I just don't see the point of having it written down.
I guess I'm of the short, really short, crowd, but tell me why I need to write all that stuff down.
For me personally, it's because the last thing I want during labor is to be pestered every two minutes. I don't want to have to refuse interventions over and over, I want the nurses to already know my answers. It's distracting. And I agree with KC--my doctor is very hands off, but he's not going to be there the whole time. So every single time I go against "standard" procedure, they'll have to call him. I'm sure he'd prefer to just sign off on my preferences in the beginning.
Anyway, here is mine. The one thing I left off is rooming in--the hospital I'm delivering at does not have a well baby nursery, only a NICU. So I don't have to specify anything about rooming in, and all tests and procedures are done in my room.
Hi there! We are so thrilled to be delivering at M. Hospital We’ve heard wonderful things about your LDR department, and we’re sure our experience will be wonderful as well. The following are our preferences for the birth of our child. We understand that not everything can be planned out. In the event of an emergency, we will consent to any necessary procedures but please explain to us what needs to happen and why. If at all possible, we’d like Dr B or C (midwife) to directly make all decisions regarding what is necessary.
Labor and Birth:
•Please do not offer pain medicine. We know what is available, Rebecca will ask for pain meds if she decides she needs them. Any natural remedies or ideas for reducing pain without meds are welcome!
•Please no IV. R will drink fluids often to stay hydrated. Prefer to avoid a hep lock as well, but consent if it is needed.
•I would like to labor in the tub as long as possible and as much as possible.
•I would prefer intermittant monitoring.
•I would like to be able to move around the room freely.
•Minimal internal exams. There is an excellent chance that dilation will take a long time. Unless I ask, I would prefer not to have my dilation announced for fear it will discourage or upset me.
•I would like to push in any position comfortable to me at the time
•No episiotomy. I would prefer to tear naturally
•Please allow the cord to stop pulsing before cutting
•No pitocin injection after birth. I would like to deliver the placenta naturally.
•I would like to nurse immediately after birth. If at all possible, I’d like to nurse baby through any painful procedures such as the heel stick and vit K injection. I would like to delay these procedures until we have had a chance to bond with and cuddle the baby.
•Our 10 year old daughter will be in the waiting room with her grandma. We would like her to be called to the room immediately following the birth so she can meet her brother.
•No Hep B vaccination
•Absolutely no circumcision
•R will be breastfeeding, so please do not give the baby anything by mouth without our consent.