Birth Plans For All!

I’ve created my birth plan for 2 reasons.

  1. My nurses and doctor need to know what I want out of my birth experience.
  2. 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.

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