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Birth Plan Help Mrs. Meatball Due June 18; Virginia 25 posts
28th Feb '13

As a first time mom I'm kind of overwhelmed with all the preparations that still need to be done before our little bundle comes! I feel like I'm completely losing track of important details so I decided to start working on my birth plan as I'd rather be safe than sorry.



Problem is, I am stumped as to what needs to be on it. When I look at sample plans on the internet I feel there are so many details that I'm missing. I'll be sure to discuss this with my doctor too but I'd love everyone's input on essential things for a birth plan! I'd also be very thankful for online resources that you find helpful!

Mara Due September 27; 2 kids; San Francisco, California 38964 posts
28th Feb '13
Quoting Mrs. Meatball:" As a first time mom I'm kind of overwhelmed with all the preparations that still need to be done before ... [snip!] ... everyone's input on essential things for a birth plan! I'd also be very thankful for online resources that you find helpful!"


imagine how you'd like the birth to go.



like, sit down and imagine going into labor. it's a bit of a project actually...



but most of the "plan" is just for you to mentally prep, b/c labor is it's own animal and the best-made plans are often completely thrown on their head.



sooo... don't see a birth plan as a checklist of events so much as a sort of laundry list of stuff you might or might not need to keep in mind / have / etc.

usernametx Texas 19748 posts
28th Feb '13

It was so long ago but roughly -

The labour

- the atmoshphere e.g. dim lights, music, aromatherpy
people in the room or not
interruptions - limit number of people, do not interrupt unless asked or emergency
interventions - discuss with me first unless life or death
types of pain relief - no epi or drugs and reasons why
things i specifically did not want or DID want
Types of monitoring - my feelings on each, and when each should be used
positions - active labour, no laying on back, help me move positions, all fours etc
equipment - birthing stool, birthing ball, bar, extra pillows etc



Delivery
What i wanted
things i thought would help
positions - NOT on my back
Other things i didn't want - like no timed pushing or interruptions

3rd stage

What i wanted e.g. delayed cord clamping, no pitocin shot unless bleeding excessively, no hurry to pass placenta
consider the shot e.g no Vit K or Heb B shot
What i did not want



The baby
What i wanted immediately after birth - to be passed straight to me, breastmilk only
how he should be treated and when
What i did and did not want e.g. not to be washed, not to be suctioned, no shots, no weighing until after he'd bonded, not to be taken out of sight



Possible complications and emergencies
what i wanted and didn't e.g. when was an epidural ok, when was a c section ok
how long i wanted to wait before doing things
what i wanted to happen if a section was necessary, what would happen if baby needed treatment