Thursday, April 12, 2012

My Birth Plan for Baby G...

Below is my birth plan that Matthew and I came up with together. I printed off a generic one online and after each baby class, we reviewed our preferences. My doctor is on board with this, still waiting on some vaccine questions to be answered before it's final but I'm wanting to get my paperwork together sooner rather than later. Enjoy!

Birth Plan
*I would like my husband to be present during labor and birth. If he is not available then I would like my sister to be present.

*I’d like to bring music, experiment with the lighting and take pictures/video during the labor, birth and after birth.

*I’d like the option of returning home if I’m not in active labor.

*Once I’m admitted:
- I’d like Matthew to stay with me.
-To stay hydrated by drinking clear fluids and eating popsicles as long as the baby and I are fine.
-To walk and move around if possible.
-Wear my own clothes during labor and delivery.

*As long as the baby and I are fine, I’d like to be allowed to progress naturally.

*If appropriate, I’d like to try a birthing ball and/or squatting bar.

*When it’s time to push, I’d like to try:
            -Whatever feels right at the time.
-As long as my baby and I are doing fine, I’d like the pushing stage to be allowed to progress naturally.

*I’d like to try the following pain-management techniques:
            -Hot shower
            -Breathing techniques/distraction
-I would like to be asked at 4 cm if I’d like an epidural. If I deny, I’d like to be asked again when I’m at 7 cm.

*I would prefer vacuum over forceps if needed but I understand that either may be used depending on the situation.

*I would like to avoid an episiotomy if one is not necessary.

*I would like a warm compress to help the perineum to stretch.

*I’d like to hold my baby right away and breastfeed immediately.

*I’d like Matthew to help cut the umbilical cord if appropriate and baby is doing fine.

*I’d like for Matthew to tell me the gender of the baby.

*Matthew would like to see the placenta after it is delivered.

*I plan to donate cord blood to the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank.

*I want Matthew present at all times during the operation.

*I want the baby to be given to Matthew as soon as the baby is dried, assuming s/he is in good health.

*I want to breastfeed my baby in the recovery room.

*I plan to breastfeed exclusively.

*I would like to see a lactation consultant.

*Only offer a pacifier and/or breast milk to my baby, nothing else.

*I’d like the option of having my baby cared for in the Nursery when I want to take a nap or shower.

*If the baby is a boy, we would like him to be circumcised at the hospital. Matthew would like to be present for this.

*I would like to receive my T-Dap shot while at the hospital.


Slamdunk said...

I think you have everything covered--good planning.

The Mrs. was at her parents house 2 hours away when she went into labor with the first one (she was early). After dropping the dog off at midnight and then making the trip, I arrived with just an hour to spare to see all the action.

Her father was an OB/GYN and one of his partners was doing the delivery so she had lots of familiar faces there.

Krystie said...

your plan looks great! very similar to mine, with just a few vaccine changes and laboring changes for me :) Are you using a doula or MW?

Sarah said...

Good note about the latex!

You know me, I'm going to tell you that Matt will tell you the sex of your baby, not the gender. :) Can't keep a science nerd down!