Birth Plan

When we were doing our birth planning, it helped to look at examples from others. Here is what we decided. Feel free to ask questions in the comments, or to post or link to your birth plan. I recommend looking at several to make sure you include everything that is important to you. Some things I wouldn’t have thought of had I not read them in someone else’s plan.

Birth Preferences for K & M        

Due date: August 28, 2014       Obstetrician: Dr. P       Doula: KL       Primary care: Dr. P (for K and baby)

Ideally, I would like to have a medication free, vaginal birth. I realize that this may not be possible and I am willing to accept any medical intervention necessary to ensure the safe delivery of our baby. My husband and I would like to be part of the decision making process as much as possible. We appreciate frequent and open communication.

Below are requests that I would like to be accommodated, if possible.

During labor
  • I would like both my husband and my doula to stay with me at all times.
  • I would like to be able to eat and drink during labor.
  • I prefer not to have an IV or heparin lock, unless it becomes necessary.
  • I prefer to be able to walk, change positions, move, bounce on a ball, etc. for as long as possible during all stages of labor.
  • I prefer intermittent fetal monitoring. If continuous monitoring is necessary, I prefer to use a mobile unit so that I am free to move around. I prefer to avoid internal monitoring, unless it becomes medically necessary.
  • I prefer to use techniques of relaxation, breathing, and warm bath to relieve pain. If I request pain medication, I prefer to be presented with options and allowed time to decide.
  • I prefer to avoid measures to augment labor, such as amniotomy and Pitocin, unless it becomes medically necessary.
Birth
  • I would like the freedom to choose my birth position and location, and to change position/location during the birthing process.
  • I would like coaching on when to push and when not to push to avoid a tear or episiotomy. Please offer massage and hot compresses to promote stretching.
  • We prefer to avoid the use of forceps or vacuum, unless it becomes medically necessary.
After birth
  • I prefer to delay cord clamping/cutting until the cord stops pulsating.
  • I would like the baby placed on my chest immediately after delivery.
Baby care
  • I plan to breastfeed and would like to be able to nurse my baby as soon as she is ready.
  • We prefer you do not give the baby formula or a pacifier without discussing with us first.
  • We prefer to delay newborn procedures until after the baby has nursed.
  • We prefer to be present during newborn procedures.
  • We prefer to give the baby her first bath at home.
  • We prefer the baby to sleep in the room.
  • We decline routine eye treatment for the baby.
  • We consent to the Vitamin K shot.
  • We prefer to delay the Hepatitis B vaccination until baby is 1 month old.

Emergency Situations

C-Section 
  • I would like to avoid a c-section, but if one becomes necessary, I would like to be informed as soon as possible and given the chance to contact family, if possible.
  • I would like my husband to be present in the surgical room.
  • I would like to remain awake, with the curtain lowered.
  • I would like the baby placed on my chest as soon as possible.
Stillbirth or death of newborn
  • If a stillbirth is anticipated, the same labor and birth preferences apply, unless I give verbal indication otherwise.
  • We prefer to see and hold the baby for as long as desired immediately after birth.
  • We prefer to obtain mementos, such as photographs, lock of hair, and footprints.
  • I prefer to recover in a room separate from the postpartum unit.
  • We welcome any non-religious support and counseling services the hospital may offer.

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Scheduled Cesarean Delivery

During surgery
  • I would like both my husband and my doula to stay with me at all times.
  • I prefer no students or interns be present to observe or participate.
  • I prefer the catheter to be inserted after anesthesia.
  • I would like for my arms to remain free.
  • I would like warm blankets to keep me comfortable.
  • I prefer not to receive any sedatives before or after birth.
  • I prefer dimmed lights over my head.
 After birth
  • Please hold the baby up so I can see her as soon as she is born.
  • I prefer to delay cord clamping/cutting until the cord stops pulsating.
  • I would like the baby placed on my chest as soon as possible after delivery.
  • If baby needs to be taken to NICU, I prefer my husband stay with her at all times.
 Recovery
  • I would like to be up and walking as soon as possible after surgery.
  • I would like the catheter removed as soon as possible after surgery.
 Baby care
  • I plan to breastfeed on demand and would like to be able to nurse my baby as soon as she is ready.
  • We prefer you do NOT give the baby formula or a pacifier without discussing with us first.
  • We prefer to delay newborn procedures until after the baby has nursed.
  • We prefer to be present during newborn procedures.
  • We prefer to give the baby her first bath at home.
  • We prefer the baby to sleep in the room.
  • We decline routine eye treatment for the baby.
  • We consent to the Vitamin K shot.
  • We prefer to delay the Hepatitis B vaccination until baby is 1 month old.

 Emergency Situations

 Stillbirth or death of newborn
  • We prefer to see and hold the baby for as long as desired as soon as possible after birth.
  • We prefer to obtain mementos, such as photographs, lock of hair, and footprints.
  • I prefer to recover in a room separate from the postpartum unit.
  • We welcome any non-religious support and counseling services the hospital may offer.

 

7 thoughts on “Birth Plan

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  2. Wow… this is awesome! I have been trying to figure out how to write our up and this just seems perfect – having everything broken out by stage/scenario. I hope you have the birth you are hoping for!!

  3. Wow. This is great. We see eye to eye on so much! The last section came as a shock to me, although it shouldn’t have. It’s a good idea to think about such a scenario. Thanks for sharing xx

    • I wouldn’t have thought to include it until I saw it on someone else’s plan. Of course I don’t want to think about the worst, but I know all too well how things can go wrong, so it makes sense to plan for it. It’s also something that I asked my doula before I hired her. I wanted someone who would be there for me no matter what the expected outcome.

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