Birth Preferences

Feel free to check out the links below for other posts I did on this subject in which I outlined the research I did to come to the decisions on my final birth plan below.

Birth Preferences (1st draft)
Birth Plan…Revision 1
A Birth Plan – Proactive or Irresponsible?
Birth Preferences – Revised

I wanted the entire birth preferences doc to fit on ONE printed page and to be clear and concise. Feel free to copy any of this that you find useful!

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Please note – we do NOT yet know the sex of baby S*.
Please give Daddy a chance to say the magic words once s/he is born. Thank you!!

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Our goals with this plan are centered around the following wishes:

-To be allowed freedom of movement for a comfortable labor
-To avoid medications
-To allow nature to take its course, particularly avoiding inductions.
-A safe, healthy baby and mother at the end.

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Requests During Labor

-This will be a HypnoBabies birth. Please assign a nurse that is partial to natural birthing.
-Externally monitor the baby if possible, and please do as seldom as possible.
-Please keep lights and voice low.
-No artificial induction (including pitocin)
-No meds offered or pain scale questions asked of me.
-If any medical interventions become necessary, I want to be fully consulted first
-If an IV is needed, please use a hep-lock.
-Please refrain from injecting anything else through the IV without consulting us first.
-Be able to walk, move, or change positions as desired during labor.
-Be allowed to eat/drink during labor. 
-No routine episiotomy.
-Minimal coached pushing.
 

Requests for Post Birth

-Immediate skin-to-skin contact between mother and baby
-Please delay any cleaning or rubbing if baby is doing fine.
-Breastfeed asap.
-Delay cord clamping until pulsation has ceased.
-No cord traction for placenta removal. Deliver the placenta unassisted and avoid pitocin if possible.

 

Please delay newborn procedures for at least two hours: 

-No Antibiotic Eye Ointment
-No Hep B vaccine
-No artificial nipples (bottles/pacifiers) to be used at any time.
-No circumcision if it’s a boy.

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