We all know that birth plans are ideal scenarios that rarely go as hoped for.
Thus, this is my birth wish list. Some of these things are complete unknowns (because I don’t really know what my labor will be like), and I’m writing down for for the sake of putting them on paper for my doula and Matt and sorting my thoughts. When I met with Jen this past weekend, we talked over a lot of these things so we would be on the same page. But I’m also writing them out because it was helpful for me to read birth plan options earlier so I knew what questions to ask at the childbirth class about our hospital and helped me think through an ideal atmosphere and approach to labor.
Please note that I recognize that with all births, the health of the baby (and mom) always comes first! This wish list applies to a normal labor.
I’d like to stay at home with my doula, Jen, there with me for as long as we feel comfortable
I’d like to keep myself hydrated and fueled with light snacks, coconut water and water throughout labor
I would like to be encouraged to move into as many positions as possible for optimal pelvis opening and baby movement
I’d like for my coaches to read encouragement from Ina May’s book regarding the mind-body connection
I’d like lots of photos taken to remember the day even if they are just for Matt and me : )
I’d like some jokes made to lighten the mood and help me relax
I’d like to listen to soothing music (MJH has wifi for Pandora!)
At The Hospital
I consent to the blood typing upon admission, will likely leave IV in my arm (you all convinced me of the seriousness of this, but if it really bothers me I might have it taken out)
I prefer not to be offered pain medication or an epidural
I want to be free to move or walk around
I’d like to wear my own clothes
I’d like to get in the tub!
I would like to avoid an episiotomy as much as possible
I do not want my water broken unless absolutely required
If my labor goes beyond a day and/or Jen and I feel I would benefit from a rest, epidural discussion begins
Delivery + Postpartum
I would like to touch the baby’s head during crowning
I would like to use a mirror so I can see the delivery
I would like skin-to-skin contact upon birth on my chest and plenty of time thereafter
I’d like to try nursing right after birth
In the event of a C-section, I’d like Matt to be with the baby as soon as possible and have the baby be skin-to-
I would like to allow time for the umbilical cord to stop pulsating before it is cut so the baby gets all remaining cord blood. And I would like to donate the cord blood if there is any left to do so.
I would like Matt to cut the umbilical cord
I want to keep my placenta!!!
I’d like to have the baby’s first bath in the room and participate if possible
I’d like to postpone the eye drop antibiotics for several hours
Vitamin K shot is a yes
I do not want my baby circumcised
I’d like to spend as much time with my baby as possible during my hospital stay
And if in the mood, I’d like to drink a homebrew :mgreen:
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