I’ve created my birth plan for 2 reasons.
- My nurses and doctor need to know what I want out of my birth experience.
- I need a written reminder of what I want out of my birth experience.
It’s important that my nurses and my doctor know what I want out of my experience so I can look back and be happy with the outcome of my labor and delivery. I plan on having my birth plan readily available for them to read if needed. However, I think it’s mostly there for me to read. I might need to be reminded of what I want out of my experience. In the heat of the moment I might want to go opposite of what I originally intended, and that would be unfair to myself!
My birth plan is …
- No drugs offered or given during labor & delivery
- Free movement
- Allowed to dim lights, play music, use aromatherapy, use essential oils
- Laboring allowed in shower or tub
- No IV/ Use hep-lock instead
- No artificial enhancements of labor (Pitocin… ext.)
- Allowed to eat and drink freely
- LIMITED cervical checks
- Natural water rupture
- Allowed to wait for urge to push
- QUIET while pushing, no “coaching”
- No episiotomy
- Remind me to take it slow and calmly while crowning and pushing
- Skin to skin right after birth, breastfeeding begins ASAP
- Delayed cord clamping
- Natural birth of placenta
- Administer Pitocin after birth only if baby is unable to be put to the breast immediately after birth
- All newborn care done on mom
- Weight and newborn exams done after “golden hour”
- Yes- Vitamin K
- No- Eye ointment, Hep. B vaccine, formula, sugar water, pacifiers
- Dad cuts the cord
That’s it. I’m not going to go crazy and be too specific, I tried to be “simple specific”… if that makes any sense to anyone but me!
I’m going to print a copy JUST for me. Every time I feel like I’m going to stray from my original plan, I’ll read my plan.
However, it’s just a plan… and like most plans, they change! It’s more of a suggestion guideline. At the end of the day I just want a healthy baby, as does every other expectant mother.