My Birth Plan

As stated in my previous post, I have been getting a lot of questions regarding my Birth Plan. I thought it would be a good idea since I already have it ‘planned’ to write a post about it. We all know we can have a plan to go one direction, however baby S could decide to take the complete opposite direction . I know that My Plan may not follow through at all, however I do understand it is a guideline for doctors and nurses to know what I want and expect if things don’t go south.

                My Birth Plan

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The things written in this color are things I have written in, added, or were very important to me. I have a few questions to discuss with the nurse when we do our hospital tour. With that said, some things may change. I would love input, suggestions, and inspiration! The birth plan is strait to the point and may be TMI for some…. Enjoy !

Labor Induction & Augmentation

If I go past my due date and there is no health risk for me and my baby, I would prefer:

                                Not to be induced

                X             To be induced

If needed to be induced, which methods would you prefer?

                                Breast Stimulation

                X             Essential Oils

                X             Walking

                                Sexual Intercourse

                X             Pitocin

Preparation

                                I would like to wear my contact lenses if possible

                                I would like to wear my own clothes in labor

                                I would like to wear my own sports bra

              X             I would prefer to be able to eat and drink during labor (I think I should at least be able to have WATER)

X             I would prefer no IV unless absolutely necessary

                                If I need an IV, I would like to use a saline lock

 

Monitoring

            X             I would prefer intermittent fetal monitoring as long as there is no fetal distress.

                X             I would prefer to be monitored by the underwater Doppler while in the Jacuzzi.

                X             I would prefer to walk around, mobility is important to me. ( VERY )

                                I would prefer continual fetal monitoring.

 

Anesthesia / Pain Medication

X             I would prefer to labor without pain medication, I will ask if I would like something for pain. Please do not ask me. (I am not opposed to pain meds… Just the epidural)

                X             I would like the medication stadol before trying an epidural.

                                I would like an epidural (Only if ABSOLUTELY necessary)

 

Environment / Comfort and Relaxation Aids

X             I would like the following individuals present during labor: Don M. Greenberg and CallieCowart

X             I would like the following individuals present during the actual birth: Don M. Greenberg and Callie Cowart

                I would prefer dim lighting

X             I would like music therapy using the ipod docking station / CD player (why not? )  

                I would like to use essential oils

                I would like the ceiling fan on the entire time

X             I would like to use the Jacuzzi with pillows starting at 4 mm dilated.

X             I would like to use a rice heating pad for comfort.

X             I would like to use massage aids.

                I would like a massage by a massage therapist.  

Equipment

            I would like the following equipment available for me:

                X             Birthing ball

                                Birthing chair / stool

                X             Jacuzzi (this is an absolute must)

                X             Shower

                X             Squat bar / kneeler

First Stage of Labor

                X             I do not want to be separated from my partner during labor or birth

                X             I would like to labor and prefer not to be augmented unless medically necessary

                XXX        I would prefer vaginal exams to be kept at a minimum

                X             I would prefer encouragement during labor

 

Second Stage of Labor (Pushing)

                                I would like a mirror present to view the birth (absolutely NOT)

                                I would like to be able to touch the baby’s head when it crowns (DON’T ASK)

?              I would like for my coach/ support person to support my legs when I push (isn’t a nurse there to help with this?)

X             I would like to use the squat bars during pushing

                I would like to use the birthing chair / stool for pushing

X             I would like to use different positions for pushing (only if needed)

                I would like to wait to push until I feel the urge to push even if I am fully dilated

                I would like help counting to help me with pushing

 

After Birth

X             I would like to have my baby placed on my chest immediately after birth as long as there are no complications for up to 45 min after birth.

X             I would like to breast feed as soon as possible

X             My partner does not want to cut the cord. DO NOT ASK.

X             I would like the babies first assessment to be done in my or my partners presence.

X             I would like for me and my partner to see the babies first bath

                I would like to bank the baby’s umbilical cord.

                X             I would like the baby to stay with me and my partner at all times.

                X             I would like to be discharged at 24 hours post delivery

 

Cesarean Section

X             I would like to avoid a C-section if possible

X             If C section is necessary, I want my partner present

X             I would like to touch baby after birth

X             I would like to breast feed as soon as possible

X             I would like baby to stay with me or my partners at all times.

 

Feeding Methods

                X             I would like to see a lactation specialist

                X             I would like to bottle feed. With breast milk – NO FORMULA unless necessary

                X             I would like to breast feed.

                X             I would like to breastfeed and bottle feed. With breast milk – NO FORMULA unless necessary

                                I do not want my baby to have a pacifier.

                X             I would like my baby to have a pacifier.

                XXX        I do not want my baby to be given any formula unless medically necessary.

 

 

 

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One thought on “My Birth Plan

  1. TOTALLY with you on the NO mirror and NO I would not like to touch the baby’s head as it crowns…I know the whole thing is “beautiful” but the whole baby coming out of a place I don’t see every day would be traumatizing I believe- and my husband is also NOT going to be looking at the miracle of birth either!

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