A while ago I shared Dilly and Sugar’s birth stories which didn’t go as I would have liked, but then I realized that this was because I didn’t have a birth plan. Make sure you visit those stories so you know why I want this time to be much different. I basically went along with what the doctors and hospital said because they must be right – ya not so much. And so this time around I have decided to make a birth plan and thought it would be fun to share it with my readers. Once Baby Girl arrives I’ll revisit my plan and see what actually happened to compared to what I wanted to happen – hopefully close!
MY BIRTH PLAN WISHES
I plan to labor in the comfort of my home for as long as possible. I will not entertain the option of induction until I have reached at least 42 weeks as long as both baby and I are healthy.
I would like the option of returning home if I am not at least 4 cm dilated.
- I would like to wear my own birthing gown brought from home.
- I would like my spouse to stay with me at all times.
- I would like to have access to ice chips and water to stay hydrated.
- I prefer no IV, if necessary I am comfortable with a hep/saline lock.
I would like the following people to be present during labor/birth:
Obstetrician – Dr. Domingo / Dr. Kiko
Spouse – Dustin Harper
Relatives – Debbie & Courtney Rusnak
Children – Dilly & Sugar Harper
Photographer – Lisa (SayKimchi Photography)
I am fine with resident/medical students being present to observe only.
Monitoring: I prefer intermittent monitoring including fetoscope, doppler, external electronic monitoring and minimal vaginal exams.
Mobility: I prefer to maintain my mobility – to be able to get up walk, rock, use the bathroom, etc.
Pain Relief: I prefer to not be offered pain relief in the form of medications. Instead I will use relaxation, breathing techniques, changing positions, warm shower/tub, heat/cold therapy, massage, and lots of support from my spouse.
Laboring: I do not want any medical intervention to speed labor along. This includes prostaglandin gel, cytotec, pitocin, breaking my water, stripping membranes, etc.
Pushing: I prefer to use people for leg support (nurse & my spouse). I also prefer to be able to switch positions to encourage baby to come down. I prefer to push as my body tells me to instead of directed pushing. I prefer prolonged pushing – no forceps, vacuum, or c-section unless baby is in danger.
Perineal Care: I prefer to not have an episiotomy – instead use of massage, compresses, stretching. If I should tear I would like local anesthesia for repair.
Placenta: I would like to deliver the placenta naturally – no tugging on the cord. I will also be taking my placenta home and prefer it to only be touched by one person and put in a clean sterilized container.
Cord Cutting: Delayed until the cord has stopped pulsing at which time my spouse will cut the cord – unless there is an emergency situation.
I would then like baby to immediately be handed to me and not separated until she has successfully breastfed. Any procedures that are not urgent should be put off until we have bonded and finished nursing. I would like my spouse or myself to give baby her first bath with our own products brought from home. Baby will stay in our room constantly and all newborn procedures should be done in my presence and consented too beforehand. My baby will be exclusively breastfed with absolutely no formula or glucose water. She will be offered pacifiers that we have brought from home. She will also be cloth diapered with prefolds and covers that we have brought from home.
I am sure I forgot something and will be adding in or changing things as the day grows closer. Is there anything you can think of that I missed or that I would want the doctors/nurses to be aware of? I can’t believe I am entering the third trimester now…. soooo crazy!