Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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I'm having a homebirth as well, but just printed out a birth plan just in case. It's just a regular natural birth plan, geared toward how I would want things if I was having a hospital birth from the start. I think the most important stuff though in the event of a transfer would have to do with the actual birth itself (non-directed pushing in the position of my choice, no episitomy), newborn procedures (no bath, vit K, eye drops, artificial nipples, circumcision, separation), and then stuff in the event of a c-section (dh there, drape lowered, dh with baby at all times).
By best friend (who I was a doula for) trasfered from a birth center to a hospital after a 36 hour labor. She didn't have a birth plan and got screwed after the birth with everything having to do with the baby and postpartum-- baby separated, given a bath, delayed breastfeeding, baby given formula and pacifiers, etc. I definately wouldn't want that to happen to me! I did not have a birth plan when I had my first homebirth with my son, but I will this time.
Latia (Birth & Postpartum Doula and Infant Nanny)
Mom to Conner (8/19/03) and Parker (5/23/09)::::