I have an appointment with a potential midwife on Monday morning. She comes recommended by the doctor I saw earlier in the week. My biggest concern is how my L&D experience is going to go. I've put together a tentative list of points I want to cover with her. I've never put together a birth plan before so any input and/or feedback will be appreciated
- Unless there is a medical need I want to wait and let labor begin on it's own
- I want to labor at home as long as possible and leave for the hospital/birth center when I'm in active labor, or my body is telling me it's time to go
- I want my boyfriend and son to be able to be with me at all times. If my son starts to get nervous or uncomfortable he'll be looked after by his grandparents
- I want friends and family members allowed in the room at all times
- I would like to wear my own clothes for labor/deliver/recovery
- Unless there is a medical need I only want to be examined upon my request
- I want intermittent monitoring so I can move around
- I want the option to use different labor props/techniques such as: walking, squatting, rocking, shower/tub, birthing ball, swing, breathing techniques, massage, and I'm also willing to try suggested techniques
- I want my bag of waters to break naturally
- I want to push when my body is ready to. I only want to hear encouraging words. Not someone telling me to push
- I want option to try different pushing positions such as: squatting, side-lying, hands and knees, slightly reclined. Basically whatever way feels most natural to me and my body
- I want the option of using different birthing tools such as: squat bar, birthing stool, and tub
- During delivery I want my boyfriend to have the option of catching the baby
- Upon delivery I want the baby put on my chest so he/she can be suctioned and the cord can be cut
- My boyfriend wants to cut the cord
- Unless there are complications I want the baby to stay in the room at all times. If something medical needs to be done, either I or my boyfriend want to be with him/her at all times
- If there are no medical needs I do not want any kind of medical intervention. This includes IV's, pain medication, forceps, and vacuums. However, if mine or the baby's health and/or safety becomes a concern I will accept medical assistance.
January 6, 2013 at 2:52 AM
Hope you have a great appointment!
by tansyflowerJanuary 7, 2013 at 12:00 PM
only thing i see that you missed is delayed cord clamping! not that you have to do it but it has great benefits :)
January 7, 2013 at 12:18 PMThese are all great things. The only thing I suggest is leaving out some of the things that you can just do without having to write down. Like wearing your own clothes, and having the selected people with you, etc. It is best to keep the plan short, that way none of the important points are missed. Good luck!! Sounds like you're on your way to an awesome delivery :-)
by vanityrayneJanuary 7, 2013 at 12:19 PMAwesome! Update after your done!