VBAC birth plan

Discussion in 'Pregnancy Club' started by Wombat, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. Wombat

    Wombat Married mum of 2:)

    Feb 22, 2009
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    Hi girls :)

    Just finished writing my birth plan and thought I should post it here in case anyone else needs to write one.
    Also be free to comment on it :)

    I know I had a previous c-section and am aware about all the risks concerning VBAC, but I still want to have an active, natural birth. Also please be aware of my SPD

    I want my birthing partner (my husband) to be present with me at all times.


    • I wish to be able to move around and change position at will throughout labour.
    • I would like to be able to have fluids by mouth throughout the first stage of labour.
    • I would prefer to keep the number of vaginal exams to a minimum.
    • I want to have a WATER BIRTH


    • I do not wish to have continuous fetal monitoring unless it is required by the condition of my son.
    • I would prefer constant checks from midwife using a hand held Doppler
    • I am fine with having a drip inserted at the start of labour (discussed with the consultant) in case it will be needed for an emergency c-section

    Labour Augmentation:

    • I am happy with my waters to be ruptured artificially if it speeds up a labour

    Pain relief in labour:

    • Will want to use gas and air
    • AT NO POINT I WANT PETHIDINE OR SIMILAR to be used as a pain relief during my labour
    • I will ask for an epidural if needed
    • As a main pain relief I want to have a WATER BIRTH

    Assisted delivery:
    • I would prefer forceps delivery to ventouse delivery

    Episiotomy and tearing:

    • I would prefer to be guided by my midwife throughout the pushing stage to avoid tearing and would rather tear naturally, but if there is a risk of 2nd, 3rd or 4th degree tear would rather my midwife perform medio-lateral episiotomy
    • In case of needing an assisted delivery would prefer a medio-lateral episiotomy


    • I would like my husband and/or nurses to support me and my legs as necessary during the pushing stage.
    • I would like a mirror available so I can see my son's head when it crowns.
    • Even if I am fully dilated, and assuming my son is not in distress, I would like to try to wait until I feel the urge to push before beginning the pushing phase.
    • Providing all is well I would like to have my son placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery.

    After delivery:

    • I would the cord to be left pulsating for as long as possible and then my husband to cut it
    • I would like an assisted 3rd stage
    • I would like to have my son examined and bathed in my presence.
    • If my son must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, my husband will accompany my son at all times.
    • I would like a private room if available.
    • After the birth, I would prefer to be given a few moments of privacy together with my son and husband.
    • I want to be discharged home as soon as it will be possible.
    • I want vitamin K being given to my baby


    • I plan to breastfeed my son and don’t want any formula or dummies to be given

    Caesarean section:

    • I want my husband to be present at all times with me
    • I want to have a spinal block as my pain relief
    • If my son is not in distress, my son should be given to my husband immediately after birth.
    • If my son must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, my husband will accompany my son at all times.
  2. redpoppy

    redpoppy Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2009
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    Well done! I find the idea of knowing what to do for a birth plan really daunting so well done for getting informed and finishing it! It seems really well thought out.

  3. purpledahlia

    purpledahlia Mummy

    Apr 13, 2009
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    wow, ive never seen one before.

    ps, can the hospital give dummies and bottles?!?! i dont want that!
  4. Wombat

    Wombat Married mum of 2:)

    Feb 22, 2009
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    I am not sure about it, but I have heard stories about women who's babies were given formula, so decided Id better put it in.
  5. BurtonBaby

    BurtonBaby Well-Known Member

    Sep 7, 2007
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    My daughter was given a bottle of formula in the OR!! I didn't even realize it as I was so sick from the spinal. Thank you for posting your birth plan. I too am planing a VBAC, and have a provisional birth plan, however yours helped me to add things. Thanks. :flower:

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