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I've never written one. I'm having another homebirth, anyway, with the same midwives I delivered with last time, and everything that I feel most strongly about is pretty much just their standard of care. Also, my labors tend to be ridiculously fast (with my first I was only at the hospital for an hour, and with the second the midwives only got to the house twenty minutes before Beau was born!), so there's not even very much time for anyone to do something to me I object to. I'm not too worried.
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I'm not sure I know what to include (FTM). Is there an outline? Can you put things on it like...I want to be the first one to feed him/her? My friend had a C-section and by the time she got to her room, the nurse had already fed her baby for the first time. That kind of blows. I want my or my DH to feed my baby the first time. Is that reasonable or no?
It depends on the hospital. I know mine asks if you plan to breast feed when you check in and they put it in your info. The only one of my babies given a bottle was my oldest, but he ingested meconium prior to birth and was in the nice for 8 hours. They had to make sure he would feed and keep his stats up before releasing him. He also had a severe tongue and bfing never worked for him,but I EPed for him.
I fill one out with my doula at the end just incase I end up with a hospital transfer. I don't need one for the birth center because they already know and practice my wishes. Every patient is told that if we transfer, most likely our birth plan is pointless but it's good to have in a non emergency situation. Theyll either throw it out and ignore it, or try a little at first but most likely end up pushing everything on you. I've told my doula, just keep me from having a csection if we transfer. That's really my biggest No No unless life or death situation.
I have several things for after the c-section because I will also be getting my tubes tied so I want to make sure that they aren't feeding, bathing, letting others hold my baby etc while I am in surgery.
i dont think ill write one. the last hospital i delivered at was very good at listening to everything i said, so i really didnt need anything in writing. the only thing i was very insistent on was tha nothing got done to me without my knowledge.
If I were not working with midwives (or if I were in a hospital that routinely practices the interventions I don't want), then I would make sure to have one. I had one for my first, and I feel like they just asked my husband or I anyway. I will have a doula, too, so she'll also know what I want.
However, there's always the possibility that things will go differently than planned, and I do think it's nice to address those in your birth plan- for example, wanting to attempt breastfeeding even immediately after a section, even if I'm too out of it to ask for it at the time.