Here is my Birth Plan. Please let me know if I have missed anything.
Birth Plan – Medway Maritime Hospital
This plan is a reflection of my wishes for the birth but is no way inflexible. I understand that for many reasons my plans may need to change to suit the needs of myself and my baby.
Water Birth – If available I would like access to a birthing pool for the 1st and 2nd stage labour. It would also be my preference to deliver our baby in the birthing pool.
Companion – I would like my husband Marc to be with me at all times. Should I not be in a position to make an informed decision, I will trust his judgement to do what he feels is best for myself and my baby. I would also like my sister Michelle and mum Jackie to come into the room in turns when I feel like I need them. I would prefer not to have groups of medical students involved in the birth.
Mobility – I would like to be as mobile as possible during labour and be free to try various positions for both first and second stage. Ideally I would like to remain as upright as possible to allow gravity to take its course.
Pain Relief – I have a TENS machine which I would like to use for as long as it is effective. In addition I would like to have access to Entonox and possibly a hot bath for further pain relief for as long as possible. I would like to avoid epidural or pethidine althogether.
Second Stage – Gentle support and firm guidance on when to push and how to minimize any damage through tearing would be appreciated. I would like to be advised if an episiotomy seems necessary and all efforts made to avoid this being the case.
Intervention – If assistance is needed, please use suction rather than forceps.
Theatre – If it is absolutely necessary to undergo a c-section I would like Marc with me. Please use a spinal block. I would like the catheter inserted after anaesthetic.
Post Birth – I would like my baby to be placed on my chest immediately after delivery and have skin to skin contact for as long as possible. We would like to take photographs at this stage.
Umbilical Cord – Please wait until the umbilical cord has stopped pulsating before allowing it to be cut. Marc would like to cut the cord.
Placenta – I would prefer a managed delivery of the placenta.
Vitamin K –I would like vitamin K to be administered to the baby via injection.
Feeding – I would like to breast feed my baby as soon as possible and would like guidance on this
do you know what iv'e never ever done a bp i cant be arsed for me what will be will be i do however think its a great thing to do but don't be disheartened, if it doesn't go to plan sometimes these mw's aren't so great at really caring about what you want!! and there's just not enough of them!
just want to wish you all luck with your impending births! x
Ive just drafted one today and this has helped a lot! think i'll copy some if you dont mind?. I know like a PP said some midwifes dont take notice but I want my mum and OH to know what I want too so I think a birth plan is good for them too.
- Id like skin to skin, if Im not able to take her then she must go directly to hubby.
- Id like to BF.
Thats it lol. I didn't know how much to write because I'm in for a section and guess they do what they have to do. I see my MW tomorrow so was going to ask her if they require any other details as I'm pretty much willing to go with what they think best.
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