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July 3rd, 2009, 11:07 AM
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I have choosen to go with a OB Dr instead of a mid-wife....

I see five different Drs at the place I am going. Should this be my time to start coming up with a birth plan because I want a NCB. I have been told but a couple friends who have went there that there are two Drs that are c-section fanatics.

Where can I get info on what to put in a birth plan? And when should I have this presented to them so they can attach it in my chart?
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July 3rd, 2009, 11:32 AM
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i went with a midwife, and she gave us a copy of "her" birth plan, which i took into consideration when i made my birth plan - because hers was almost verbatim what i hoped for. i just made a few changes here and there..but i believe if you google birth plan format you get tons of options for websites that have them, and you add or take away what you want from them....i think my original layout came from birthplans.com but i could totally be making that up! Just make sure your OB is well aware of your hopes for a NCB and has a copy of your birth plan. You should be able to tell by their reaction if they're going to be supportive of your wishes.

also, when you go into labor my best advice is to tape a copy of your birth plan to your door, give one to the nurse that checks you in, have your coach have a copy in hand (since youre doing bradley, the course really encourages that your coach be firm in what youre hoping for and not let anyone push you around...for instance at my hospital even though im going with a midwife the hospital policy is that an anestologist come in and let you know epidurals are available and my husband has already been instructed that as soon as that person comes into our room he is to kick them out immediately. and in my birth plan it says in HUGE letters "I understand that drugs are available to me and I will ask for them if I need them. DO NOT OFFER ME ANY NARCOTICS) which my midwife said is perfectly appropriate because I can sign the paperwork at my next appt so the anestesologist has my info if i need an emergency c.

birth plans are awesome, but just make sure you allow a little wiggle room in casea your birth doesn't go exactly as you dream it will....things can always go wrong unfortunately
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July 3rd, 2009, 09:57 PM
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Thanks!
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July 4th, 2009, 08:45 AM
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Try to make it fairly short too. A 3 page birth plan isn't likely to get read. Also, you could contact the hospital and find out what their policies are. (Did you say you were taking a tour next month?) Sometimes OBs will tell you one thing when that is just their preference and isn't actually the way things "have" to be. GL!
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July 4th, 2009, 04:19 PM
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I am not taking a tour of the birthing center... I have taken too many women who I have helped them give birth up there... I work with the hospital so I know how it all goes up there and I am well aware of the stubborn, hard headed nurses whom I have encountered up there...
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