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How does this birth plan sound? Cross-posted

Posted by on Feb. 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM
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Do you think anything needs to be reworded or changed?

Birth Plan

During Labor/Before Birth

§  I will walk and move around as much as I am comfortable with

§  I will use whatever means available to naturally relieve discomfort and pain (i.e. birthing ball, tub, et cetera)

§  I will be monitored as little as possible.

§  Minimal vaginal checks unless requested

§  No pain meds unless requested

§  No more than four (4) visitors in the room (excluding Matt) at one time

 

During Birth

§  Absolutely no episiotomy

§  Absolutely no counting

§  Only Matt will be allowed in the room aside from necessary medical staff

§  No cesarean section unless absolutely medically necessary

§  I will use whatever position I am most comfortable in to push

§  Do not clamp the cord until it is done pulsing

 

After Birth

§  Baby will be placed on my chest immediately after birth, before any procedures are done (i.e. weighing, measuring, et cetera) 

§  Matthias (2 ½ year old son) will be brought in and we will spend thirty (30) minutes together as a family

§  After thirty (30) minutes, other relatives, grandparents first, may come in for as long as Matt and I are comfortable with

§  I will be breastfeeding, no formula or pacifiers

§  Baby will room in with me and not go to the nursery

§  Matt or I will give baby her first bath

§  Matt or I will be with baby at all times

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by on Feb. 5, 2014 at 12:50 PM
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doulala
by on Feb. 6, 2014 at 1:20 AM

Do you want standard procedures for baby postpartum?
    ...Any reason you are choosing the hospital?   ;-)    (just a question I asks when birth plans seem like an uphill battle that wouldn't happen in other settings)

MixedCooke
by on Feb. 6, 2014 at 1:23 AM

We plan and God laughs.  Good luck!

Mrs.Andrews
by Mandy on Feb. 6, 2014 at 1:59 AM
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I would change the vaginal checks to say "no vaginal exams unless requested" and the cord clamping to say "do not cut the cord until it is done pulsing and I give the go ahead" (I've seen a lot of doctors say it has stopped pulsing when it hasn't) 

Other than that it looks good. I would include a c-section plan just in case. That way you can have things like immediate skin to skin in the OR.

Mrs.Andrews
by Mandy on Feb. 6, 2014 at 2:01 AM

She isn't planning how her birth will unfold. She's letting the staff know what she doesn't want which is great!

Quoting MixedCooke:

We plan and God laughs.  Good luck!


MixedCooke
by on Feb. 6, 2014 at 2:07 AM

have you considered a home birth and just have a midwife to assist you?

samsanders
by on Feb. 6, 2014 at 3:28 AM
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Looks like mine :) so I say thumbs up!! I agree with Mrs.Andrews though and have a c section birth plan just in case. Good luck.
MrsErdos2011
by on Feb. 6, 2014 at 4:53 AM
I had a lot of problems with my blood pressure at the very end of my pregnancy with my son and had to be induced. I know it may not happen this time around but I'd rather err on the side of caution and everything go smoothly than not being able to get to the hospital in and something go wrong.

Quoting doulala:

Do you want standard procedures for baby postpartum?
    ...Any reason you are choosing the hospital?   ;-)    (just a question I asks when birth plans seem like an uphill battle that wouldn't happen in other settings)

MrsErdos2011
by on Feb. 6, 2014 at 4:57 AM
I know things can go wrong in the blink of an eye. I know a natural birth may not be possible but like with everything else, if I don't have to do it, I don't want to do it.

Quoting MixedCooke:

We plan and God laughs.  Good luck!

MrsErdos2011
by on Feb. 6, 2014 at 5:03 AM
I did but the midwives at the practice I go to are very c section happy while the obs are very pro mom.

Quoting MixedCooke:

have you considered a home birth and just have a midwife to assist you?

MixedCooke
by on Feb. 6, 2014 at 8:47 AM
That's surprising generally it's the opposite.

Quoting MrsErdos2011: I did but the midwives at the practice I go to are very c section happy while the obs are very pro mom.



Quoting MixedCooke:

have you considered a home birth and just have a midwife to assist you?

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