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Will you check out my birth plan and tell me what you think?

Posted by on May. 26, 2010 at 2:38 PM
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                                                                        May 26 2010

To whom it may concern,

            This is my wish for a natural birth. I look forward to working with everyone during this process to accomplish a successful delivery!! During delivery my Husband, Quentin Broggin and my Doula, Mary-Frances Snyder will be my support team. I wish that all questions be ran through my Husband rather then myself so that I can solely concentrate on the work ahead of me. Below I will list some ideas on how I wish to approach my labor and delivery in hopes of accomplishing what I am mainly focused on, which is a drug-free birth. Thank you so much for being willing to work with me!

                                                                        Thank you,

                                                                                    Laura-Ann Broggin

My preferences for labor and delivery:

  • I wish not to be offered any type of pain meds
  • I wish to not be asked about my pain levels during labor
  • I wish to be monitored as little as possible
  • I wish to be as mobile as possible during labor
  • I wish to be allowed to vocalize me pain through humming or moaning
  • I would like no visitors during labor unless I or my Husband ok them first
  • I wish to be able to deliver in a position that is comfortable to me

Once my Daughter is born:

  • I wish to not have her cord clamped or cut until after it stops pulsing
  • My Husband would like to cut the cord when that time comes
  • I wish to have time with her immediately after birth so that I have time to bond and nurse

by on May. 26, 2010 at 2:38 PM
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by on May. 26, 2010 at 2:40 PM

It looks good to me.  Be sure to make multiple copies and give one to every one that enters your room so everyone is on the same page.

by on May. 26, 2010 at 2:42 PM

I think it looks great! One question, though... are you going to put down to let you tear naturally rather than have an episiotomy?? Or vise-versa?

by Platinum Member on May. 26, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Aww good point...thank you!!!!

Quoting RadMama08:

I think it looks great! One question, though... are you going to put down to let you tear naturally rather than have an episiotomy?? Or vise-versa?

by on May. 26, 2010 at 2:46 PM

you're welcome! I do remember that one very clearly! lol I had to push, the doc came in late to set up the table (after the head had crowned), and as soon as I saw those scissors, I practically screamed "don't give me an episiotomy!" lol

by Emerald Member on May. 26, 2010 at 2:52 PM

Did you want her to be placed on your chest directly after birth?  And, breast feed as soon as you can?

**just saw the nurse part in your plan...reading too fast while getting lunch ready

by Emerald Member on May. 26, 2010 at 2:53 PM

Did you want the shot of pictocin most hospital administer after having a baby to help the uterus clamp down?

by on May. 26, 2010 at 2:54 PM

look good have fun and best of luck

by on May. 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM

what about your wishes if a csection becomes necessary?  Or your thoughts about the possible necessity of one?

by on May. 26, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Here is the guideline I'm using to make my birth plan.  There are many options on here that I would have never thought of. Maye there are somethings you didn't think of either.

If you go to this site, there is a adobe print out that is organized like a check list.  Mine is printed and laminated in a notebook.

Birth Plan: 

[  ] Full name:

[  ] Partner’s name:

[  ] Today’s date:

[  ] Due date: OR Induction date:

[  ] Doctor’s name:

[  ] Hospital name:

Please note that I:
[  ] Have group B strep
[  ] Am Rh incompatibility with baby
[  ] Have gestational diabetes

My delivery is planned as:
[  ] Vaginal
[  ] C-section
[  ] Water birth
[  ] VBAC

I’d like…:

[  ] Partner:

[  ] Parents:

[  ] Other children:

[  ] Doula:

[  ] Other:

…present before AND/OR during labor

During labor, I’d like:
[  ] Music played (I will provide)
[  ] The lights dimmed
[  ] The room as quiet as possible
[  ] As few interruptions as possible
[  ] As few vaginal exams as possible
[  ] Hospital staff limited to my own doctor and nurses (no students, residents or interns present)
[  ] To wear my own clothes
[  ] To wear my contact lens the entire time
[  ] My partner to film AND/OR take pictures
[  ] My partner to be present the entire time
[  ] To stay hydrated with clear liquids and ice chips
[  ] To eat and drink as approved by my doctor

I’d like to spend the first stage of labor:
[  ] Standing up
[  ] Lying down
[  ] Walking around
[  ] In the shower
[  ] In the bathtub

I'm not interested in: 
[  ] An enema
[  ] Shaving of my pubic area
[  ] A urinary catheter
[  ] An IV, unless I’m dehydrated (and a heparin or saline lock IS/IS NOT ok)

I’d like fetal monitoring to be:
[  ] Continuous
[  ] Intermittent
[  ] Internal
[  ] External
[  ] Performed only by Doppler
[  ] Performed only if the baby is in distress

I’d like labor augmentation:
[  ] Performed only if baby is in distress
[  ] First attempted by natural methods such as nipple stimulation
[  ] Performed by membrane stripping
[  ] Performed with prostaglandin gel
[  ] Performed with Pitocin
[  ] Performed by rupture of the membrane
[  ] Performed by stripping of the membrane
[  ] Never to include an artificial rupture of the membrane

For pain relief, I’d like to use:
[  ] Acupressure
[  ] Acupuncture
[  ] Breathing techniques
[  ] Cold therapy
[  ] Demerol
[  ] Distraction
[  ] Hot therapy
[  ] Hypnosis
[  ] Massage
[  ] Meditation
[  ] Reflexology
[  ] Standard epidural
[  ] TENS
[  ] Walking epidural
[  ] Nothing
[  ] Only what I request at the time
[  ] Whatever is suggested at the time

During delivery, I would like to:
[  ] Squat
[  ] Semi-reline
[  ] Lie on my side
[  ] Be on my hands and knees
[  ] Stand
[  ] Lean on my partner
[  ] Use people for leg support
[  ] Use foot pedals for support
[  ] Use a birth bar for support
[  ] Use a birthing stool
[  ] Be in a birthing tub
[  ] Be in the shower

I will bring a:
[  ] Birthing stool
[  ] Birthing chair
[  ] Squatting bar
[  ] Birthing tub 

As the baby is delivered, I would like to:
[  ] Push spontaneously
[  ] Push as directed
[  ] Push without time limits, as long as the baby and I are not at risk
[  ] Use a mirror to see the baby crown
[  ] Touch the head as it crowns
[  ] Let the epidural wear off while pushing
[  ] Have a full dose of epidural
[  ] Avoid forceps usage
[  ] Avoid vacuum extraction
[  ] Use whatever methods my doctor deems necessary
[  ] Help catch the baby
[  ] Let my partner catch the baby
[  ] Let my partner suction the baby 

I would like an episiotomy:
[  ] Used only after perineal massage, warm compresses and positioning
[  ] Rather than risk a tear
[  ] Not performed, even if it means risking a tear
[  ] Performed only as a last resort
[  ] Performed as my doctor deems necessary 
[  ] Performed with local anesthesia
[  ] Performed by pressure, without local anesthesia
[  ] Followed by local anesthesia for the repair

Immediately after delivery, I would like:
[  ] My partner to cut the umbilical cord
[  ] The umbilical cord to be cut only after it stops pulsating
[  ] To bank the cord blood
[  ] To donate the cord blood
[  ] To deliver the placenta spontaneously and without assistance
[  ] To see the placenta before it is discarded
[  ] Not to be given Pitocin/oxytocin

If a C-section is necessary, I would like:
[  ] A second opinion
[  ] To make sure all other options have been exhausted
[  ]To stay conscious
[  ] My partner to remain with my the entire time
[  ] The screen lowered so I can watch baby come out
[  ] My hands left free so I can touch the baby
[  ] The surgery explained as it happens
[  ] An epidural for anesthesia
[  ] My partner to hold the baby as soon as possible
[  ] To breastfeed in the recovery room

I would like to hold baby:
[  ] Immediately after delivery
[  ] After suctioning
[  ] After weighing
[  ] After being wiped clean and swaddled
[  ] Before eye drops/ointment are given

I would like to breastfeed:
[  ] As soon as possible after delivery
[  ] Before eye drops/ointment are given
[  ] Later
[  ] Never

I’d like my family members (NAMES):

[  ] To join me and baby immediately after delivery
[  ] To join me and baby in the room later
[  ] Only to see baby in the nursery
[  ] To have unlimited visiting after birth

I’d like baby’s medical exam and procedures:
[  ] Given in my presence
[  ] Given only after we’ve bonded
[  ] Given in my partner’s presence
[  ] To include a heel stick for screening tests beyond the PKU
[  ] To include a hearing screening test
[  ] To include a hepatitis B vaccine

Please don’t give baby:
[  ] Vitamin K
[ ] Antibiotic eye treatment
[  ] Sugar water
[  ] Formula
[  ] A pacifier

I’d like baby’s first bath given:
[  ] In my presence
[  ] In my partner’s presence
[  ] By me
[  ] By my partner

I’d like to feed baby:
[  ] Only with breastmilk
[  ] Only with formula
[  ] On demand
[  ] On schedule
[  ] With the help of a lactation specialist

I’d like baby to stay in my room:
[  ] All the time
[  ] During the day
[  ] Only when I’m awake
[  ] Only for feeding
[  ] Only when I request

I’d like my partner:
[  ] To have unlimited visiting
[  ] To sleep in my room

If we have a boy, circumcision should:
[  ] Be performed
[  ] Not be performed
[  ] Be performed later
[  ] Be performed with anesthesia
[  ] Be performed in the presence of me AND/OR my partner

As needed post-delivery, please give me:
[  ] Extra-strength acetaminophen
[  ] Percoset
[  ] Stool softener
[  ] Laxative

After birth, I’d like to stay in the hospital:
[  ] As long as possible
[  ] As briefly as possible

If baby is not well, I’d like:
[  ] My partner and I to accompany it to the NICU or another facility
[  ] To breastfeed or provide pumped breastmilk
[  ] To hold him or her whenever possible 


by on May. 26, 2010 at 3:03 PM

Will you allow them to give your baby the eye drops and vit K shot?

Will you allow them to take her from the room?

I actually considered printing my birth plan bigger then a piece of paper, laminating it and hanging it on the wall, lol.

That way there's no confusion and any nurse that comes on shift knows my expectations and requests!

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