If you have been following the blog or our Facebook page for any time at all, you will have noticed that as we prepare for the upcoming birth of our first baby, we are planning on having a natural birth. When planning a natural birth, unless you are also planning a home birth, it is important that you write a birth plan. This does not have to be an extravagantly long document, and in all honesty should be kept as simple as possible.
But…. What’s in a Birth Plan?
While many birth plans you find on-line are amazing about helping you with wording or giving you ideas of things you may forget to include, lets be honest…no doctor or nurse in the hospital wants to read a 5-6 page document detailing everything that may or may not happen. To help us prepare ours, we used the one found here for guidance.
My advice is to create a one page document that includes information about both procedures for you (during labor and delivery) and baby (immediately following). Ideally the Top 5 things for each you and baby will keep everyone happy.
For ours, we included:
1.Our names and a picture of us so if the birth plan is taken out of our room with our chart, doctors and nurses remember who we are.
2. A blanket comment that simply states “Please ask for our consent before any routine procedures”.
3. A bullet list for Labor & Delivery that includes our Top 5 wishes. For me this includes, minimal vaginal exams during labor, unlimited movement during labor, not asking about pain medications or inductions , delayed cord clamping, and a statement about what I would like should a c-section become necessary.
4. A bullet list for our baby that includes are wishes. For us this includes statements regarding, the hospital allowing myself or Andrew to go with the baby at all times if there are any complications, delaying routine procedures to allow for immediate skin-to-skin contact, our wishes towards vaccinations and eye drops, bathing the baby in our own products that we will bring, and a statement about the baby being exclusively breastfed.