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Birth plan...

Hey girls, so I just found this site, www.birthplan.com, and it assists you in putting together your ideal birth plan! I found it extremely helpful, and gave me a lot of good ideas for requests that I hadn't even thought of! You can go back and edit anytime, and print out for when baby's birthday arrives! Just thought I would let you all know about it! Come back here and post your birth plan so we can all see if you so choose! Here's mine:

Birth Preferences - Krystal Blue P*******

Due Date: 12/01/2011
Patient of Dr. Rebecca Tyre
Scheduled to deliver at St. Rose Sienna

09/03/2011
To Whom It May Concern:

Listed below are my wishes for my labor and delivery. I fully understand that the unexpected can happen, and that I may need to deviate from these wishes.

Sincerely,
Krystal P*******

Labor

•I would like to be free to walk around during labor.
•I wish to be able to move around and change position at will throughout labor.
•I would like to be able to have fluids by mouth throughout the first stage of labor.
•I would like the environment to be kept as quiet as possible.
•I would like the lights in the room to be kept low during my labor.
•I would like to wear contact lenses or glasses at all times when conscious.
•Other Labor Preference: Instead of an IV I would prefer a HepLock.

Monitoring

•I do not want an internal monitor unless the baby has shown some sign of distress.
•Other Monitoring Preference: I do not wish to have my blood pressure routinely monitored.

Labor Augmentation/Induction

•If labor is not progressing, I would like to have the amniotic membrane ruptured before other methods are used to augment labor.
•I would prefer to be allowed to try changing position and other natural methods (walking, nipple stimulation) before Pitocin is administered.

Anesthesia/Pain Medication

•I realize that many pain medications exist. I'll ask for them if I need them.

Episiotomy

•I would prefer not to have an episiotomy unless absolutely required for the baby's safety.
•Other Episiotomy Preference: I do not want vacuums or forceps used unless absolutely necessary.

Delivery

•Even if I am fully dilated, and assuming the baby is not in distress, I would like to try to wait until I feel the urge to push before beginning the pushing phase.
•I would appreciate having the room as quiet as possible when the baby is born.
•I would like to have the baby placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery.
•Other Delivery Preference: I would prefer not to have anyone counting at me or telling me over and over to push.
•Other Delivery Preference: I do not wish to reach down and feel the baby nor do I want a mirror to see the crowning.

Immediately After Delivery

•I would like (other) to cut the cord.
•I would like to have the baby evaluated and bathed in my presence.

Postpartum

•Unless required for health reasons, I do not wish to be separated from my baby.

Breastfeeding

•I plan to breastfeed the baby and would like to begin nursing very shortly after birth.
•Unless medically necessary, I do not wish to have any bottles given to the baby (including glucose water or plain water).

Other

•I would prefer that no students, interns, residents or non-essential personnel be present during my labor or the birth.

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Awesome...I am going to try it. TFS!!

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I did mine a few months back, I'll try to find it again, lol. I mainly did it to see what options it listed.

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I feel like most of these things were addressed on my hospital tour and are standard, at least in LA. Are there still places where babies don't room in? Or where they don't encourage breast feeding and skin-to-skin contact ASAP?

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"triplespiral" wrote:

I feel like most of these things were addressed on my hospital tour and are standard, at least in LA. Are there still places where babies don't room in? Or where they don't encourage breast feeding and skin-to-skin contact ASAP?

Reading over Krystal's birth plan I know everything listed was standard care besides the pitocin to help with the placenta. My nurses and doctor went through everything with me and asked me what I wanted to do. I probably won't bother with a birth plan because DH knows what I want and also I will be able to tell them for a vaginal birth.

Krystal- I like your part that talks about the counting during pushing. I remember one of the nurses kept telling me "you're doing a great job" and counting loudly my first push and I just told her to shut up LOL!

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I wish I did this with DS. His birth was awful because no one listened to me....just told me & DH what to do & treated me like I had no say!

This time around we are having a c-section, so at least I know what to expect.

Thanks for sharing!! For all you FTMs, definitely have a plan...don't let the doctors/nurses tell you how your day will go. Because they all have different opinions and sadly it is not always in your best interest!

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"triplespiral" wrote:

I feel like most of these things were addressed on my hospital tour and are standard, at least in LA. Are there still places where babies don't room in? Or where they don't encourage breast feeding and skin-to-skin contact ASAP?

Well my hospital (I've had all three of my babies there, so I'm used to their policies and procedures) does let baby room in, but it seems that they take baby out to bathe, give shots, ext... so I want to let them know that I want these things done in front of me, if possible, as I don't see the need to take them away to do this (there's a sink in the room to bathe them in, and a shot can be carried around!). My boys weren't placed on me right away, they were taken to the heater to be wrapped up and scored. It was only when I requested it with DD that they handed her right to me. I think they just have the way that they typically do things unless the mother specifically asks otherwise.

"JuneorJulyBaby?" wrote:

Reading over Krystal's birth plan I know everything listed was standard care besides the pitocin to help with the placenta. My nurses and doctor went through everything with me and asked me what I wanted to do. I probably won't bother with a birth plan because DH knows what I want and also I will be able to tell them for a vaginal birth.

Krystal- I like your part that talks about the counting during pushing. I remember one of the nurses kept telling me "you're doing a great job" and counting loudly my first push and I just told her to shut up LOL!

I swear in my hospital it just depends on the nurse that's there on duty. So many things changed each time I had a baby even though it was in the same hospital, they never did the same thing twice it seemed like. So even though at one time or another I got pretty much every wish on my list fufilled, it wasn't all with one baby! And since this will be my last baby, I want to make sure it's as special as I hope it will be, with all of my requests acknowledged.

Yes, the counting thing drives me nuts, as well as them coaching you to push. I'm like, "Really?? I'm supposed to push to get this baby out? I had no idea!!!" :bonkself: Good for you for telling that nurse to shut her pie-hole lol!! Along with me adding that to my birth plan, I'll remind them that this is my fourth baby, so I don't really need all that much help getting him out... DD came out after just five minutes of pushing!

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Very interesting thank you for posting. I will definitely have to do up a plan.

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"Starryblue702" wrote:

Yes, the counting thing drives me nuts, as well as them coaching you to push. I'm like, "Really?? I'm supposed to push to get this baby out? I had no idea!!!" :bonkself: Good for you for telling that nurse to shut her pie-hole lol!!

Hahah!!

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Thanks for sharing.. I will share with my group as well .. great idea..:)

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Here is one I did a few weeks back...still need to update it for VBAC:

[LEFT]Birth Preferences - Jennifer F.

Due Date: 12/28/2011
Patient of Dr S
Scheduled to deliver at MH TW

Cesarean

  • If a Cesarean delivery is indicated, I would like to be fully informed and to participate in the decision-making process.
  • I would like My Husband present at all times if my baby requires a Cesarean delivery.
  • So I can view the birth, I would like the screen lowered just before delivery of my baby.
  • If my baby is not in distress, my baby should be given to My Husband immediately after birth.

Delivery

  • I would like to have my baby placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery.

Immediately After Delivery

  • I would like to hold my baby while I deliver the placenta and any tissue repairs are made.
  • I would like to hold my baby for at least 15 minutes before (he/she) is photographed, examined, etc.
  • I would like to have my baby evaluated and bathed in my presence.
  • If my baby must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, My Husband or some other person I designate will accompany my baby at all times.
  • I would prefer to hold my baby rather than have (him/her) placed under heat lamps.
  • I would like to donate the umbilical cord blood if possible.

Postpartum

  • I would like a private room, if available.
  • Unless required for health reasons, I do not wish to be separated from my baby.
  • I would like to have my baby "room in" and be with me at all times.

Breastfeeding

  • I plan to breastfeed my baby and would like to begin nursing very shortly after birth.
  • Unless medically necessary, I do not wish to have any bottles given to my baby (including glucose water or plain water).
  • I do not want my baby to be given a pacifier.

Photo/Video

  • I would like to take still photographs during labor and the birth.
  • I would like to make a video recording of labor and/or the birth.

Other

  • My support person(s) is/are (support people) and I would like them to be present during labor and/or delivery.
  • I would like my other child/ren to be able to visit me and my baby in the hospital.
  • I would prefer that no students, interns, residents or non-essential personnel be present during my labor or the birth.

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I just wanted to mention... for those of you including c-sections in your birth plan, you should request that you do not want closed staples!!!

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"Carolyn85" wrote:

I just wanted to mention... for those of you including c-sections in your birth plan, you should request that you do not want closed staples!!!

I need to ask next week what my OB uses. I don't remember staples last time but I can't remember what he used.

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Thanks for coming back and posting your birth plan Jenn! I'm glad I got to read someone's other than mine lol!

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"Starryblue702" wrote:

Thanks for coming back and posting your birth plan Jenn! I'm glad I got to read someone's other than mine lol!

I love reading them, its really interesting to see what is important to some people.

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"Jenn0113" wrote:

I love reading them, its really interesting to see what is important to some people.

I agree... but it seems no one else wants to post theirs lol! I also posted this on the November board as well and it only got two other posts! Oh well... I thought it was cool... and you did too lol.

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I'll come back and post mine later I have to find it first. Lol

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I am working on revising my birth plan for this new baby and this thread has given me some ideas and questions for my hospital. A lot of the things mentioned here are already standardized at my hospital and were explained to me in the tour we took before Corinna was born.

I just thought I would post my (relatively simple) birth plan from the first time around:

DURING LABOR
THIS IS OUR FIRST CHILD, SO I CAN’T ENTIRELY PREDICT HOW I WILL FEEL. THIS IS ALL NEW TO ME.
MY FEELING IS THAT THE GOAL IS A HEALTHY BABY AND FOR THE LABOR TO GO AS SMOOTHLY AND EASILY AS POSSIBLE. HOPEFULLY A QUICK RECOVERY FOR ME AS WELL. I DO NOT HAVE MY HEART SET ON GIVING BIRTH “NATURALLY.”
WHO CAN BE THERE?
I WILL HAVE ONLY MY HUSBAND RANDY IN THE ROOM WHILE IN LABOR (AND NECESSARY DOCTORS AND STAFF).
PLEASE PAY ATTENTION TO RANDY AS HE WILL PROBABLY BE BETTER AT COMMUNICATING MY NEEDS WHILE I AM FEELING TIRED, STRESSED AND/OR IN PAIN.
PLEASE DO NOT ASK RANDY TO CUT THE UMBILICAL CORD. WE ARE BOTH HAPPY TO LEAVE THAT JOB TO HOSPITAL STAFF.
PREFERRED POSITIONS?
I WOULD PREFER TO HAVE THE FREEDOM TO MOVE AROUND AND TRY DIFFERENT POSITIONS (POSSIBLY EVEN SHOWER OR TUB) TO BE MORE COMFORTABLE, IF AND WHEN POSSIBLE.
DO I WANT DRUGS?
YES, PROBABLY, BUT I WANT TO SEE HOW IT GOES FIRST.
MY PLAN IS TO TRY TO LESS INVASIVE NARCOTICS AND SEE IF THAT HELPS ENOUGH, THEN GO ON TO AN EPIDURAL IF I FEEL LIKE I NEED IT.
MISC:
PLEASE DON’T ASK ME TO LOOK IN A MIRROR TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON DOWN THERE.
POSTPARTUM:
I WILL BE BREASTFEEDING EXCLUSIVELY. PLEASE FEEL FREE TO HELP AS NEEDED. I WANT TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR EXPERTISE AND ADVICE.
IN CASE OF DEATH OR WORSE:
IF I DIE, I WOULD PREFER MY ORGANS TO BE DONATED AS INDICATED ON MY DRIVER’S LICENSE, BUT I WILL LEAVE THE FINAL DECISION TO MY HUSBAND.
IF I AM COMATOSE OR BRAINDEAD, I DO NOT WISH TO BE KEPT INDEFINITELY IN A VEGETATIVE STATE, BUT I WOULD PREFER FOR MY HUSBAND TO HAVE THAT FINAL DECISION.

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"**tess**" wrote:

WHO CAN BE THERE?
PLEASE DO NOT ASK RANDY TO CUT THE UMBILICAL CORD. WE ARE BOTH HAPPY TO LEAVE THAT JOB TO HOSPITAL STAFF.
MISC:
PLEASE DON’T ASK ME TO LOOK IN A MIRROR TO SEE WHAT’S GOING ON DOWN THERE.

I love these!

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Thanks for coming back and posting this Tess! Lol that was my first husband with the umbilical cord thing! My current DH doesn't mind doing it, he actually prefers to!

I'm the same way with the mirror thing! It would make me stop pushing if I was looking at the horrible things happening to my vag with the baby coming out! Talk about distracting lol!!

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As far as the mirror thing, I told my husband he wasn't allowed to look down there either. He had no objections to that.

He really didn't want to cut the umbilical cord. He says he doesn't want his first interaction with his baby to be cutting.

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Do you/or will you ask to delay putting the ointment in the eyes? Just been thinking about that since it blurs their already blurry vision for the first stare off with mommy. Smile

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LMAO... they all say that about looking... but it's like a car wreck (I'm told!), they can't help but look! I begged my DH not to watch while the baby was coming out, and he did great up until the crowning, and then sure enough he went from up near my head to holding a leg back so that he could get a better view!! I was so pissed!! My first husband didn't want to cut the cord, and he didn't... but my DH now always wants to, so he will with this baby! I've already asked him not to watch this time around, but I know he will so I've just given up on it lol!

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I haven't made a decision on the ointment but I heard it's completely unnecessary after a c-section since it's meant to decrease the chance of spreading STIs from the vaginal canal -- but it's still hospital policy unless you say no.

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"Starryblue702" wrote:

LMAO... they all say that about looking... but it's like a car wreck (I'm told!), they can't help but look! I begged my DH not to watch while the baby was coming out, and he did great up until the crowning, and then sure enough he went from up near my head to holding a leg back so that he could get a better view!! I was so pissed!! My first husband didn't want to cut the cord, and he didn't... but my DH now always wants to, so he will with this baby! I've already asked him not to watch this time around, but I know he will so I've just given up on it lol!

LOL You know, I think he may have looked a little, but I was too busy to notice. As long as he still finds me attractive, I don't really care.

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Lol exactly... hopefully they forget what our "hoo-hahs" look like during delivery like we forget how bad it hurts!!