Birth Plan? How do I even start this…

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

@SamanthaLovesJames:  I’m not pregnant, but a birth plan is usually things like:

-Birth at home or in a hospital?

-Doctor, midwife, doula, etc?

-Will I get an epidurtral, other pain meds, or go without? Will I try to use a tub?

-Who will be in the delivery room?

 

Some birth plans are flexible, some are detailed. It all depends on you

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

@SamanthaLovesJames:  I think it’s something you and your doctor (or midwife, if that be the case) discuss. They may write it down, or have you fill out a sheet for their files, but generally a birth plan is already in place before you go into labor.

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 1998

My birth plan was simple- to remain open minded and listen to my body!!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@ForeverBirds:  this.

You discuss it with your ob or whoever you are seeing for prenatal care. Make sure you are on the same page. Some people like do intense research in preparation for birth. That’s not for everyone.  Me, I’m much more go with the flow & see what happens. 

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I got a generic template from my doula.  It basically just outlined what sort of things I would or would not be open to.  Gah- I wish I had kept the template!

 

I specified exactly who was and was not allowed to be present while I was in labor.

 

I indicated that I would not like to be offered any medication, and that if I needed any I would be the one to bring it up and ask.

 

I asked for intermittent fetal monitoring (no laying in bed with the monitor strapped to me)

 

I asked to delay routine procedures such as eye ointment, cord clamping, vitamin K injection, etc… and also asked there to be immediate skin to skin, no disruptions to skin to skin contact for the first hour, and help nursing as immediately as we were ready.

 

I requested that I not have an episiotomy.

 

I indicated that I would like to try a variety of labor positions and comfort measures- the pool, the shower, the birthing ball, pushing in all-four position or with a squat bar, etc… (whatever I felt like my body needed to do)

 

I wanted any potential intervention to be something that was discussed with me, not something that was done to me without me understanding the risks involved.

 

I also added the stipulation that in the event of an emergency I would agree to any necessary interventions and would be open to any procedure that might be required if there were an imminent threat to my or my baby’s health or life. (Like if I had meconium in my amniotic fluid, I would forgo immediate skin to skin as the baby would need to be evaluated in NICU for respiratory complications).

 

I reviewed the birth plan with my midwife practice prior to going in to labor, and took the birth plan with me to the hospital.  I also made sure that my husband and doulas were on board and familiar with what I wanted.

 

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@SamanthaLovesJames:  Google “birth plan forms”  A whole bunch will pop up.  Here is a good one – http://www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/free-birth-plan

This is my second pregnancy.  There were a lot of things with my first(I had a go with what I’m told/flow the first time) that I did not like what happened to my child and to me.  This time around I feel empowered to make the right choices for my family.  My Bradley teacher says it best: “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.”  Your birth plan dictates what you do and do not want to happen when you go into labor.  Did you know you can request not to have an IV?  For your child to be taken from you right away?  Not have vaginal checks every 2 hours?  Not have an episiotomy?  Educate yourself so in the end you walk away happy!

 

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@DaneLady:  What a great birth plan!  Thanks for sharing.

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