remember everything is YOUR choice.......
Here is what I have in my birth plan.... I haven't discussed it with my midwives or doctor, but you can always say "no thankyou" when they offer anything routine you are not comfortable with...
This Birth Plan is Prepared for:
”Natural Vaginal Delivery, "
Place of Birth:
Following is a statement of our birth plan and childbirth choices. We have educated ourselves prior to making these decisions and hope to carry them out, but we realize that complications do arise and in such instances would like the best information and options explained to us in detail. Thank you for taking the time to read this and helping us realize our birth plan. We hope to have nurses supportive of natural childbirth, who will not question our wishes.
Private Birthing room
Lights dimmed, peace and quiet (working with Hypnobabies course)
Wear my own clothes
My own music
Ability to videotape or take pictures of the birth
No students or residents
Minimal or no vaginal exams
Procedures and Labor
Maintain mobility (walking, rocking, bathroom, shower/bath)
I would prefer to avoid an enema
I prefer no restrictions (to be able to eat or drink what I want)
I would like ice chips available
I do not want an IV unless severly dehydrated
I would like to choose my positions for pushing and giving birth
I don’t want to give birth lying on my back, counter productive
I would like to be able to push when I feel necessary, no coach pushing
I would like labor to be able to progress naturally even if taking longer than hospital staff would like, no induction!
I do not wish to have continuous fetal monitoring unless it is required by the condition of the baby
In the event that I require fetal monitoring, I prefer a Doppler
Pain relief options
I plan to give birth naturally without medication (PLEASE DO NOT ASK ME IF I WANT MEDICATION) and will be coping with pain using the following techniques:
Hynobabies, Bradley method, acupressure, water (shower.tub), massage
I do not wish to have the amniotic membrane ruptured artificially unless there are signs of fetal distress.
I would prefer to be allowed to try changing position and other natural methods before any medical interventions.
Complications and Cesareans
Unless absolutely necessary, I would like to avoid a Cesarean
If my caregiver recommends a Cesarean, I would like a second opinion if time allows
Normal Vaginal Birth
I would like to have the baby placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery and left for AT LEAST one hour before being assessed/bathed. Partner to dry baby.
I would to deliver in a hands and knees position or whatever feels most comfortable for ME
Please dim the lights for birth
I would like to have the room as quiet as possible when the baby is born
Suctioning of the mouth and throat of the baby just before the delivery of the shoulders only if medically necessary
I DO NOT want to be given and injection of pitocin after delivery to expel the placenta, (nipple stimulation and breastfeeding to encourage expulsion)
Use warm compresses, massage, and positioning to help me prevent tears to my perineum. Prefer to tear.
DELAYED Partner wants to cut the cord AFTER is stops pulsating or AFTER placenta delivery, to allow the extra 40% of blood volume to return to the baby
Eye Care – NONE
Vitamin K shot – NONE
Breastfeading ONLY, right away, for possible low glucose levels, no heal testing
No pacifiers, glucose water or bottles
No separation, baby rooming in, baby to be left on my stomach for a minimum of 1 hour before any tests/assessments and allowed to breastfeed right away
In the hospital N/A
Breastfeeding as possible
Unlimited parental visitation for parents
Handling the baby- holding etc
If baby is transported to another facility move us as soon as possible