Thursday, March 1, 2012

birth plans

You don't need a birth plan to survive.  But, if you have specific requests and/or are a plan-it-out kind of person, you may want one.  

I followed a layout of a birth plan I found online.  I left out the stuff that I really didn't care about or that didn't need to be included.

Here was my birth plan for Duke:

ATTENDANTS
I’d like the following people to be present during labor and/or birth:
Husband - Colt Westbrook

AMENITIES
I’d like to:
Take pictures and/or video during labor and delivery

Once I’m ADMITTED, I’d like:
My husband to be allowed to stay with me at all times
To have a heparin lock
To walk around and move as I choose

PAIN RELIEF
I’d like to try the following pain-management techniques:
Bath/shower
Breathing techniques/distraction
Massage

I’ll request pain medication when I need it
I’d like to go without an epidural, but will request it if I’d like it

PUSHING
When it’s time to push, I’d like to:
Be coached on when to push and for how long
Try different positions for pushing and birth

VAGINAL BIRTH
During delivery, I’d like:
To give birth without an episiotomy (my doctor said she wouldn't do this anyway)

After birth, I’d like:
To hold my baby
To breastfeed
My partner to cut the umbilical cord

C-SECTION
If I have a c-section, I’d like:
My partner present at all times during the operation

POSTPARTUM
I’d like:
To make my decision later depending on how I’m feeling (on whether or not the baby stays in the room 24 hours or only when I’m awake/needing to feed)

FEEDING ISSUES
I plan to:
Breastfeed exclusively

CIRCUMCISION
I want my baby to be circumcised at the hospital

I gave one copy to my doctor and kept one copy in my purse as the time got closer.  I was lucky that everything pretty much went as planned.  As of now, there isn't anything I would change for next time ... other than maybe being in labor less than 20 hours.  That would be nice. :)

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