Me, again... With another birth plan question. *UPDATE* *reorganized*
I am 30 weeks. I have decided I did not like the midwife and a lot of her practices (no alternative to the glucose test, won't deliver breech, would induce with Cytotec and was arrogant, etc) at the free standing birthing center. So... I am going to go through a hospital birthing center, but feel good about the choice, since I will have more options in my own care. Anyway, I just want to make sure my birth plan doesn't seem.... excessive. I know, I will add a few more points as I think about it. Any advice? Anything I am missing? Anything I should not include and just verbalize?
I am still researching eye drops, Hep B and Vit K and have not made a decision, yet. (FYI, readers)
Labor and Delivery
1) During vaginal exams, I do NOT want membranes stripped or swiped or water broken without consenting to any of those procedures before hand. 111
2) I will not discuss the option of inducing before 42 unless there is a medical need. I am flexible in doing NST at 41 weeks, to ensure baby is doing well.
3) I am well versed on various medicines for pain relief (epidurals and IV meds). Do not offer them to me or ask me about using them. If I want them, I will make it known.
4) I need to be able to eat and drink freely.
5) I consent to a heplock, but not an IV drip, unless it is needed and we talk about what the drip is for.
6) I will wear what I want.
7) No internal vaginal exams except for when I come in and upon my request.
8) I need to be able to move freely throughout the course of labor.
9) I need to be able to birth in whatever position my body dictates, when my body dictates (not just because I am at a ten). I will work in conjunction with the midwife in choosing a position to decrease my risk of tearing or for baby to be stuck.
10) I do not consent to belt monitors or internal monitors, as they restrict movement. I will consent to periodic doppler monitoring.
11) I prefer a water birth, but am flexible on that as needs come up.
12) I will sit on a birthing ball.
13) No episiotomy.
14) Joshua will "catch" if things are going well.
1) Delay cord clamping, until after the cord stops pulsing.
2) Direct skin to skin contact and nursing immediately after birth, APGAR score can be assessed as we nurse and weight and such can be taken later.
3) Baby doesn't go anywhere without me or Daddy, for any reason. Baby will room in only. Baby will not get any shots or tests without our verbal agreement to the procedure beforehand.
4) No bottles or paci's. Baby is exclusively breast fed.
5) I will be the one to wash baby, well after nursing and bonding has taken place.
6) Joshua will cut the cord.
7) I will take my placenta with me.
8) If baby is jauniced, baby is to be kept with me doing skin to skin and nursing on demand, with us keeping an eye on their bilirubin.