This is a list to remind you of issues that you may wish to include in your birth plan.
Discuss your birth plan with your doctor or midwife.
Give a copy to the midwife when you arrive at the hospital.
- Remain at home as long as possible before going to hospital.
- We request that caregivers support our wish to not have any procedures which could stand in the way of having the most natural birth possible.
- Return home until labour progresses if less than 4 cm dilated and there are no situations which require admission.
- To wear my own clothes in labour.
- Request an enema if bowels have not been opened.
- To keep myself hydrated and decline routine use of intravenous therapy unless medically indicated.
- Have only intermittent foetal heart monitoring after admission unless medically indicated.
- To have the minimal number of vaginal examinations to prevent early rupture of the membranes and avoid infections.
- Consider artificial initiation of labor only if labor is unusually delayed and there is medical urgency.
- If membranes are ruptured, delay induction for a reasonable period if mother and baby show no signs of infection.
- To be allowed to have nutritional snacks if desired, if labor is prolonged.
- Freedom to walk and move as desired during labor.
- Freedom to change positions and assume positions of choice.
- Full information of risks and benefits of each suggested medical intervention in non emercengy situations.
- For pain relief I wish to use:
- A bath
- Childbirth massage
- Relaxation breathing exercises
- Hot packs
- Choosing my own position for birth.
- Pushing begun on mother’s urge only. No active pussing unless medical urgency.
- Episiotomy only if necessary.
- No specific time limit on second stage if progress is being made and the baby is coping well.
- Watching baby’s birth with a mirror.
- Baby allowed to take first breaths unassisted.
- Baby brought onto the mother’s abdomen or lower chest immediately after birth.
- Baby dried but not cleaned or bathed.
- Cord clamping after the cord stops pulsating.
- Who is going to cut the cord?
- Oxytocin injection after delivery to help expel the placenta?
- Breastfeeding on demand from birth. No formula, water or glucose water.
- Baby to room-in at all times.
- Cord blood collection?.