BIRTHING PLAN

 

ATTENDANTS

I'd like the following people present during labor and birth:

§ Father=

§ Midwife=

§ Doula=§ Mother=

§ Mother-in-law=

AMENITIES

I'd like to:

§ Have music

§ Dim the lights

§ Take pictures and/or video during labor and delivery

HOSPITAL ADMISSION AND PROCEDURES

Once admitted I'd like:

§ Wear my own clothes during labor (If admitted to AJOU)

§ My partner be allowed to stay with me at all times

§ To eat if I wish to

§ To try to stay hydrated by drinking clear fluids instead of having an IV

§ To have a saline lock only if AJOU requires an IV access with no tubing or fluids

§ To walk and move around as I choose

§ To have intermittent external fetal monitoring

§ Be allowed to progress free of stringent time limits and have my labor augmented only if necessary

§ No enema

§ Limited vaginal checks – by doctor only

§ Okay for students to be present

If available, I'd like to try a:

§ Birthing stool

§ Birthing chair

§ Squatting bar

§ Birthing ball

§ Birthing pool (can we bring our own?)

PAIN RELIEF

§ Please don't offer me pain medication. I'll request it if I need it.

PUSHING

When it's time to push, I'd like to:

§ Do so instinctively until the baby crowns and then coached but be allowed to progress free of stringent time limits as long as my baby and I are doing fine

I'd like to try the following positions for pushing (and birth):

§ Semi-reclining

§ Side-lying position

§ Squatting

§ Hands and knees

§ Whatever feels right at the time

§ Birthing Tub

VAGINAL BIRTH

During delivery, I'd like:

§ To view the birth using a mirror

§ The room to be as quiet as possible

§ To give birth without an episiotomy

§ My partner to help "catch" our baby

After birth, I'd like:

§ To hold my baby right away, putting off any procedures that aren't urgent

§ To breastfeed as soon as possible

§ Not to get oxytocin (Pitocin) after I deliver the placenta unless it's necessary

§ To wait until the umbilical cord stops pulsating before it's clamped or cut

§ My partner to cut the umbilical cord

C-SECTION (IF ONLY ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY)

If I have a c-section, I'd like:

§ My partner present at all times during the operation

§ Regional anesthetic only

§ The screen lowered a bit so I can see my baby being delivered

§ My baby given to me if possible first but if not then given to my partner

§ To breastfeed my baby in the recovery room

POSTPARTUM

After delivery, I'd like:

§ All new-born procedures to take place in my presence

§ My partner to stay with the baby at all times if I cant be there

§ I’d like for baby to be in my room

§ Placenta saved for encapsulation

FEEDING ISSUE

I plan to:

§ Breastfeed exclusively

Do not offer my baby:

§ Formula

§ Sugar water

§ A pacifier

DISCHARGE

I'd like to:

§ Be discharged from the hospital with my baby as soon as possible