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I think it totally depends on where you are giving birth. If you are planning a birth either at home or at a free standing birth center (not one attached to a hospital) its not that important. Generally you go over all of this with your midwife and they already have it in your chart. But since you are at home or at a birth center there is no chance for pain meds so you only really have a choice about newborn care and you can decide on the spot or you have already discussed these things.
At a hospital or a birth center within a hospital (usually with a CNM) I would strongly suggest having a birth plan. It doesn't matter what you discuss with you doctor, they aren't the ones caring for you throughout labor, the hospital staff is. So they need to be informed of you wants and desires. I would give a copy to your doctor as well as bring one to the hospital with you. I know for my first birth I should have brought one with me because I'm pretty sure the one I gave my doc got thrown out and then laughed at.
I guess my real answer would be put a TON of thought and energy into choosing your provider and then the birth plan is secondary and maybe even not necessary.
nope and i'm glad i didn't. my labor didn't go at all how i planned. My labor wasn't bad until the pushing stage. I'm sure nubain, amniotomy, episiotomy, and vaccum delivery would not have made it into my birth plan, but that was my reality and i was grateful for it.
I had one that said;
~ Do not circumcise
~ Do not give pacifire or formula
~ Let me see my baby as soon as possible and I am breastfeeding
~ Husband is with baby at all times if it has to leave my room
I had a homebirth, so if I were to birth in the hospital it was because of an emergency, so I didn't spend much time writing a birth plan.
Mama to G, L & twins F & M
Started off 2013 homebirthing suprise twins Fia Celesta & Maddalena Isabella
We are delivering at a birth center, so there's not a lot of things I need to think about in a birth plan, compared to if I were having a hospital birth. That said, I may write one up as a "back up plan" should complications arise that require a transfer. My doula and midwife and I will all work on decisions that need to be made prior to labor and delivery, but it won't be a true birth plan.
I'm having a natural hospital birth, but I decided not to have a birth plan. DH knows what I want and what we've decided on, but we both know that things don't always go as planned. He will be my advocate, but I'd rather remain open on paper.
I had one that I went over with the doctor, at the hospital I of course forgot it, but was able to tell them everything. And they really did respect my wishes as much as they could (some regulations did get in the way).
I had an oral one with my midwives that got put on my chart to avoid the major interventions (no c-section, no epidural, no iv, no pitocin unless necessary to stop bleeding after baby is born). I had worked on a paper one but didn't put it in my hospital bag thinking it wouldn't matter. Unfortunately I wasn't able to deliver at my hospital with my midwife but I was able to refuse the interventions. It wouldn't have mattered, she was born 5 minutes after I got to the closest hospital.
My midwife was very welcoming to birth plans and as a matter of fact everything on my birth plan was customary for her patients. This was a hospital birth too. I made and gave copies to everyone that was attending my birth, my dh, my mom, step mom and MIL so that they all knew what I wanted. I thought it was important.
Thank you for my beautiful siggy Vicki!