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November 19th, 2012, 10:25 AM
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I finally typed up our birth plan

Thank you for helping us on the most important day of our lives. We are so grateful for all you are doing for us today.

We would like our birth to proceed as naturally as possible. We understand that sometimes things don't go as planned and if there are any interventions that become necessary or you think would be helpful, please obtain our verbal informed consent before performing any procedures.

We are going to do everything we can to avoid pain meds if everything is normal, therefore please do not offer them. Rebecca understands her options and will request them if necessary.

After birth, we prefer to delay cord clamping until the cord stops pulsating. Joseph would also like to cut the cord.

If our baby is born healthy, we would like for the baby to have at least one hour of uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact with Rebecca, or until the first feeding is accomplished. If the baby is ok, please dry the baby and assess the baby while Rebecca is holding him. Please administer Vitamin K while Rebecca is holding the baby and, if possible, please delay eye ointment and weighing the baby until the first feeding has been accomplished.

In the event that a cesarean birth becomes necessary and our baby is born healthy, we would like Joseph to be skin to skin with the baby while waiting for Rebecca in recovery. It is our heartfelt preference that our baby be with one of us for warmth and bonding, rather than in the nursery if possible.

Thank you again for helping us through this miraculous process. We sincerely appreciate all of your assistance and valuable knowledge.

- Rebecca & Joseph

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