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MarinaAndCharlie'sMommy January 6th, 2012 03:01 PM

Sample birth plan.
 
Since hotpinktulips had questions about her birth plan I thought I would share mine with everyone. It is important to have it no longer than a page. All of my headers are colored and bolded to make it easier to read as well. Nurses/OBs don't have time to read through pages and pages so short and to the point is best. Always remember to thank them as well. I have candy taped to each of mine to sweeten it up a bit as well but of course that's not necessary;) Hope this helps ladies!

Casey and Jeff’s Birth Plan

This is how we would like our labor/delivery to go under ideal circumstances. We realize things arise and this plan may not be followed exactly. Thank you for honoring our wishes.

Labor
· I wish to be able to move around and change position at will throughout labor.
· I would prefer to keep the number of vaginal exams to a minimum.
· My husband is to be present at all times.
· Plenty of time to labor as long as progress is being made.
Monitoring
· FHR monitored by intermittent monitoring (or telemetry if possible); no internal monitors please.
Labor Augmentation/Induction
· No augmentation of labor, such as pitocin or amniotomy, unless non-medical techniques are ineffective and approved by me or my husband.
Anesthesia
· I do not want anesthesia offered during labor, though I would like it available if I specifically request it.
· Please avoid use of urinary catheter unless anesthesia is used and my consent is given.
Cesarean
· If cesarean becomes necessary I would like to be conscious, my husband would like to be present at all times and we would like for our baby to be nursed immediately.
Episiotomy
· I would prefer to tear naturally rather than have an episiotomy. I would prefer the use of compresses, massage, coaching for slow birth of my baby’s head, and positioning stirrups to avoid the need for episiotomy unless absolutely required for our baby’s safety.
Delivery
· We would like to avoid the use of forceps/vacuum extraction unless absolutely necessary.
· I would like a mirror available so I can see my baby’s head when it crowns.
· Even if I am fully dilated, and assuming my baby is not in distress, I would like to try to wait until I feel the urge to push before beginning the pushing phase.
· I would like the cord to pulsate for at least 90 seconds before being cut.
· I would like the opportunity to deliver the placenta naturally.
· I would like to have my baby placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery. We ask that any evaluations be done while I am holding him.
After Delivery
· After the birth, I wish to nurse my baby immediately.
· If our baby must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, my husband or some other person I designate will accompany baby at all times.
· We would like to delay eye ointment until I have finished nursing our baby.
Breastfeeding
· Unless medically necessary, I wish to have no bottles given to my baby (including glucose water or plain water).
· I do not want my baby to be given a pacifier.

Above all, we ask for time; time to labor naturally, time to discuss and make important decisions, time to have an enjoyable and memorable birth. Thank you!

NutMeg76 January 6th, 2012 03:03 PM

Re: Sample birth plan.
 
Very similar to mine! I was so excited to learn that some of my wishes are standard procedure at our facility too!

anybodyinthere January 6th, 2012 03:20 PM

Re: Sample birth plan.
 
Crap. I really need to get mine printed out. Thanks for posting yours. I think it helps those of us who are being slackers about our own birth plans to light a fire under our butts and get the thing printed and in the labor bag!!!

MarinaAndCharlie'sMommy January 6th, 2012 03:23 PM

Re: Sample birth plan.
 
It's pretty much the same one I had with Marina so I basically just had to read through it and print it;)

KnJ'sMomma727 January 6th, 2012 03:37 PM

Re: Sample birth plan.
 
ooh i need to do what you did and have it all summarized. I just have some checklist I printed off a website, lol

DeepSouthMommy January 6th, 2012 06:21 PM

Re: Sample birth plan.
 
He he! I actually made up a bunch of mini bags of candy...think shower favors in the little candy bags...to give to the nursing staff along with our birth plan. ;)

hotpinktulips January 6th, 2012 09:38 PM

Re: Sample birth plan.
 
:2thumbsup: Thank you for posting this!

:fingerscrossed: they will actually follow it.

hotpinktulips January 6th, 2012 10:09 PM

Re: Sample birth plan.
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Marina'sMommy (Post 25431160)
· I would like the opportunity to deliver the placenta naturally.

Dumb question, but how else is it delivered?

Quote:

Originally Posted by Marina'sMommy (Post 25431160)
· We would like to delay eye ointment until I have finished nursing our baby.

Why would you ask this? Does it make a difference if you put it on before or after?

Thanks!

BoobyDutyAgainJen January 6th, 2012 10:32 PM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by hotpinktulips (Post 25432816)
Dumb question, but how else is it delivered?

Why would you ask this? Does it make a difference if you put it on before or after?

Thanks!

Some drs manually pull the cord to remove the placenta. The eye gunk makes the babies not able to see you...while their vision isn't great yet it still helps with bonding to be able to see you as clearly as possible.

BoobyDutyAgainJen January 6th, 2012 10:47 PM

Re: Sample birth plan.
 
Oh and here is mine:
Birth Plan
-Jen L.- Due date of January 5, 2012
-North Shore Birth Center
-Midwives of the North Shore Birth Center
-Present at birth: Ryan D.(partner), Gayle L.(Mom), Jamae L.(sister), perhaps Megan L.(sister), Leila D.(daughter), and Owen D.(son). Open to others upon mother’s permission.

Overview
I chose the North Shore Birth Center so that I could obtain a natural, free from interventions, and as easy on the baby as possible birth. I hope to have a safe yet satisfying birth experience.

Requests for Labor, Birth, and Immediately After
-Open options for laboring and delivery.
-Amniotomy only with extended stalled labor.
-Minimal internal exams.
-Pushing with natural urges.
-The father does not want to cut the cord. Either my mom or sister will cut the cord.
-Baby and Mom will bond before any routine care is performed on baby please.
-Local anesthetic for stitching if tearing occurs.

Newborn Care
-No eye ointment for baby.
-Vitamin K shot to be given only if birth trauma occurs and to be discussed further.
-Declining the Hepatitis B vaccine.
-Breastfeeding only.


I also have the sections bolded. Anything not in there is typically not given or done or prevented at the birth center. I do not have a back up one for if a hospital transfer becomes necessary but the midwife overseeing my birth would transfer with me and advocate for me.

Touchabyebaby August 20th, 2012 09:09 AM

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Quote:

Originally Posted by BoobyDutyAgainJen (Post 25432888)

Newborn Care
-No eye ointment for baby.
-Vitamin K shot to be given only if birth trauma occurs and to be discussed further.
-Declining the Hepatitis B vaccine.
-Breastfeeding only.

Hi Jen, we are also going to North Shore, and I'm nervous to bring this up to them. Did they honor this part of your birth plan? Did you need to sign a waiver or anything? Thanks!

BoobyDutyAgainJen August 24th, 2012 08:32 AM

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Yes they did. They want moms to be educated and for them to make the choices the moms feel are best. They will make suggestions if asked or if you are on the fence but they truly leave it up to you.

Mamayo September 12th, 2012 08:31 AM

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This is awesome. Thanks for posting it. I should really get on it.


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