I just spent about an hour working on this online birthplan template, doing all kinds of customizing only to have it vanish from the site....it never saved. Grrrrr!!!!!
Did any of you use a template that you could just plug your info into?
How annoying! For Ethan's birth, I used templates as guides but I did my own birth plan. For Gabriel, I used my hospital's online birth plan checklist based on my Bradley teacher's recommendation. I have my one from Ethan's birth still if you'd like to see it (hospital birth w/OB).
I wish my hospital had something available that listed what their standard procedures or requirements are. My MWs only deliver there, so I'm sure they know what is and is not allowed. I want to make sure I include everything that may be an issue but not overwhelm them so they just toss it.
I am thinking of making one plan for the midwives and doula that would contain things that would be under their control and another that would pertain to things the L&D nursing staff would do or need to know.
I found another online template and this is what it looks like. Please let me know if there is anything important left off of it or that should be removed.
Dear Labor and Delivery Nurses, I look forward to another positive birthing experience at Providence as we welcome our son, Liam, into the world. It is my desire to have a natural and intervention-free birth. Our daughter was born easily and quickly (4-5 hours)with no complications and I expect the same for Liam. I am using Hypnobabies self-hypnosis program to alleviate fear and tension during labor. In order for the hypnosis to be effective, the room must be kept in low-light and relatively quiet with as little interaction as your policies allow.
First Stage (Labor):
- Dim lights.
- Peace and Quiet.
- Music of our choice.
- Would prefer my own clothes to gown.
- Would prefer not to have students, residents etc.
- Would prefer to keep vaginal exams to a minimum.
- Maintain mobility (Walking, rocking, up to bathroom, etc.)
- Clear fluids.
- Intermittent Monitoring (ACOG Standards) with a Doppler.
- Please do not offer me pain medications, I will ask for them if I want them.
- Relaxation techniques (breathing, focusing, etc.).
- Positioning as desired.
- Water (Shower or Tub).
- Heat or Cold packs.
- Massage (back, foot, counter pressure, etc.).
Second Stage (Birth):
- I would prefer to walk to speed labor.
- Choice of position
- Prolonged length, if progress is being made
- Spontaneous Bearing Down
- Birth/Squat Bar
- I would prefer to tear than have an episiotomy, but please use compresses, massage and positioning.
- Local Anesthesia (for repair)
- Delay the cord cutting
- Prefer partner to cut the cord.
- No eye medication
- Breast feeding only
- No separation of Mother & Baby
Other Baby Care Requests:
- We would prefer our son be circumcised in the hospital.
- Parents present
- Use anesthesia
- No Hep B vaccine; PKU and Vit K okay
- Spinal/epidural anesthesia
- Partner present
- Explain the surgery as it's happening
- Free one hand to touch the baby
- Partner to cut the cord
- Breast feeding in recovery room
- Breast feeding as soon as possible
- Unlimited visitation for parents
- Handling the baby (Kangaroo care, holding, care of, etc.)
- If the baby is transported to another facility, move us as soon as possible
I did not use a template since I found it made it to long for a page. The one thing I would do is I am not sure I would put in the alternative techniques for pain management you want since you will have a doula and she should know these without them being listed. Also I might add that I do not want the pain scale mentioned, especially if you are doing hypnobabies. This can throw you off if you are doing well otherwise in coping.
That looks good. It looks really similar to mine with just a few small differences. That's a really good point about the pain scale Drake. I don't remember them using that with me during my daughter's birth (only after), but I'm going to write that in just to make sure. I also decided not to check the box about relaxation techniques (breathing or focusing) because I was afraid what the hospital staff would do might interfer with hypnosis instead of helping me. I'm hoping the partner cues will be enough even though DH and I have only practiced a few times.
Thanks! That info is mainly for my doula and MW and I'm pretty sure I'll be separating out stuff just for hospital.
I also just noticed that I did not include that I want to take possession of the placenta upon discharge from the hospital and not to treat it with chemicals.
I would put how you feel about breaking of the waters or any type of interventions such as a heplock, iv, monitoring etc. You know just in case. I have a good checklist in my doula kit, but I don't have it with me right now. I will post it when I get home.
Christy birth doula, Hypnobabies instructor, small business owner & most importantly MOMMY.
Here is an awesome birth plan that even the most simple minded obs can follow:
"Don't touch me unless I ask."
Dylan 4/22/04, Devon 6/24/06,Dorothy 9/13/07, Derek 12/19/09, Daniel 12/18/10, Daphne 2/24/12
Mindie and Mark, 5/16/09