- 8 years ago
The time has come, today I am 37 weeks and will be visiting my midwife to hand in my birth plan and register (finally) at the hospital. Originally I wasn’t going to do a birth plan because I just didn’t see the point, but my midwife has advised that they can be helpful, so I tried to come up with the most concise version I could. I’m stumped for now, I don’t really know what else to add. I’m not trying to dictate anything that I have no control over or tell people how to do their jobs, so is this ok? Honesty welcome.
I am in full understanding and acceptance that labor can and is unpredictable, this “Birth Plan” is just a general outline of my preferences. I trust my caretakers to make the best decisions for baby’s safe delivery. In the exception of an immediate emergency situation, I would request that any procedures, decisions, and risks be discussed with my husband and I so we have full understanding moving forward.
I am planning to decline pain medication
I am planning to walk around, use a birthing ball, and move during labor with minimal confinement to a bed
Just a heads up, I tend to become panicked about needles in my hands, so as quick and painless as possible would be much appreciated!
I have researched my pain medication options and will ask for them if I feel I absolutely need them but would prefer they are not otherwise offered
I would prefer to tear naturally, use of a local anesthetic is fine
I am planning to birth in any reasonable position that feels comfortable and would rather not be confined to lying flat
I want my husband to cut the cord, only after blood has fully stopped pumping
I would like immediate skin to skin contact with baby, to stay together during repair and recovery, and to begin nursing as soon as possible (we won’t be using bottles, pacifier is fine)
Thank you so much for considering our preferences, we are very excited to work with you to bring our baby into the world!