Join Date: Nov 2003
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It's been so long I don't even remember what goes on there. But my choices are hospital with a doctor I'll meet later this week or HBAC and that's not a choice at all, given our circumstances. I've already got HR in a tizzy about my FMLA paperwork and how I'll have to do it and my disability papers all over again.
My momma buddies last time around told me to make my birth plan as short as
possible - can anyone give me a critique on this one?
(The epidural part is just in case - if it means I get out of a repeat c-section, I'm all for it. I'll just make sure they turn it off before pushing time this time.)
I would like to be free to walk around during labor.
I wish to be able to move around and change position at will throughout labor.
I would like to be able to have fluids by mouth throughout the first stage of labor.
I would prefer to keep the number of vaginal exams to a minimum.
I do not want an IV unless I become dehydrated.
I would like to to wear contact lenses or glasses at all times when conscious.
I do not wish to have continuous fetal monitoring unless it is required by the condition of our daughter.
I do not want an internal monitor unless our daughter has shown some sign of distress.
I would prefer to be allowed to try changing position and other natural measures (walking, nipple stimulation) to help labor along.
I realize that many pain medications exist — I'll ask for them if I need them.
I would like to have a walking epidural.
Unless absolutely necessary, I would like to avoid a Cesarean.
I would like my partner present at all times if our daughter requires a Cesarean delivery.
So I can view the birth, I would like the screen lowered just before delivery of our daughter.
If our daughter is not in distress, our daughter should be given to my partner immediately after birth.
I would prefer all bikini scars, on the old scars if time permits
I would prefer not to have an episiotomy unless absolutely required for the baby's safety.
I would appreciate guidance in when to push and when to stop pushing so the perineum can stretch.
I would like a local anesthetic to repair a tear or an episiotomy.
I would like to be allowed to choose the position in which I give birth, including squatting.
Even if I am fully dilated, and assuming our daughter is not in distress, I would like to try to wait until I feel the urge to push before beginning the pushing phase.
I would like to have our daughter placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery.
Immediately After Delivery
I would prefer that the umbilical cord stop pulsating before it is cut.
I would like to hold our daughter while I deliver the placenta and any tissue repairs are made.
I would like to hold our daughter for at least fifteen minutes before she is photographed, examined, etc.
I would like to have our daughter evaluated and bathed in my presence.
I plan to keep our daughter near me following birth and would appreciate if the evaluation of our daughter can be done with our daughter on my abdomen, with both of us covered by a warm blanket, unless there is an unusual situation.
If our daughter must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, my partner or some other person I designate will accompany our daughter at all times.
I would prefer to hold our daughter rather than have her placed under heat lamps.
I do not want a routine injection of pitocin after the delivery to aid in expelling the placenta.
I prefer to sign waivers acknowleding that we do not want eye ointment or any immunizations after birth.
I would like to have 'room in' and be with me at all times.
I plan to breastfeed our daughter and would like to begin nursing very shortly after birth.
Unless medically necessary, I do not wish to have any bottles given to our daughter (including glucose water or plain water).