Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Planned birth plan, still to be discussed with doc

Here is the birth plan we've come up with. Much of this I stole from other's birth plans, so feel free to use any of my fine bulletpoints (hahaha).

Yeah, you can see I am trying to maintain a drug free birth. I am also hoping to model labor from hypnobirthing, I wanted to insist that DH be the only person who talks to me so I can block out all other stuff and focus on breathing and meditation.

Ha! We'll see if this works. I am hoping. I've been practicing for quite some time. I am ready!!

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Birth Plan

*It is well understood that things may happen during labor/delivery and we are flexible, but we would like to have our wishes respected as long as mother & baby are safe. If at any time there are concerns about our wishes, please consult with (hubby). He will then consult with me.

Early Labor
• Please direct all questions to my birth partner, (hubs). He will consult with me.
•Please allow us as much privacy as possible during early labor.
• Please do not offer me pain medication; if I need it I will ask.
•If possible, I would like few internal exams.
•If internal exams are necessary, please do not announce my progress unless asked.
• I do not want the amniotic membrane broken unless absolutely required.
• I would like to try natural methods of movement/position/stimulation before using Pitocin.
• I would like to avoid a c-section, unless absolutely necessary.
• I would like to explore any and all natural methods of pain management including hydrotherapy, breathing, and especially movement.

Final Labor
• Please do not offer me pain medication; if I need it I will ask.
• Please help us to keep the mood of the room calm and soothing.
• Please help me with positions that will avoid tearing.
• No episiotomy.
• I would like coaching on when and when not to push to help avoid tearing.
• I would like (hubs) to announce sex of baby.
• I would like to allow time for the umbilical cord to stop pulsating before it is cut so the baby gets all remaining cord blood.

Baby
• Put on mother’s chest immediately after birth.
• Please delay bath for as long as possible.
• I plan to breastfeed; please NO pacifier, formula, or sugar water.
• We would like to decline the eye drops/gel.
• I would like to meet with a lactation consultant while at the hospital.
• I would like to avoid any separation from baby if it all possible; if separation is needed, I would like (hubs) to be with the baby at all times.
**In case of c-section**
• I would like to hold my baby immediately
• I would like to breastfeed as soon as possible

9 comments:

erika said...

I like your plan. A lot. Actually, it gave me some good ideas, thank you for sharing!!! Fingers crossed everything works out beautifully for all three of you! I am soooo very excited for you:)

erika said...

I like your plan. A lot. Actually, it gave me some good ideas, thank you for sharing!!! Fingers crossed everything works out beautifully for all three of you! I am soooo very excited for you:)

Alex said...

I'm very impressed with your birth plan! But it doesn't look at all like mine will be... :) Very interested to hear what the doc has to say. I wish for you exactly the birth you have planned!!!!

Jill said...

29 days to go?! Best of luck to you!

Panamahat said...

Good luck!

Gurlee said...

Wow, what a great plan. I hope that you can stick to it! You are so close!!

Fairytale Ending said...

Looks/sounds very similar to the birth plan I have (I posted a condensed version in my recent post). I hope we both get the birthing experience we want! It's getting close... :)

Allison said...

So close!!!! :) :) :)

uneggsplained said...

I hope the discussion goes over well with your dr. Because, yes I agree, every women should have or at least have the best shot at having the birthing experience that she wants.
I also hope that when the time comes that your L&D nurse is open to your plan.... a lot of times the nurse can make or break your experience! Best of luck :)