This is the birth plan I used. Feel free to take what you would like from it for your own birth plan.
We are open to whatever our labor brings and we are writing this birth plan with the understanding that every labor and birth is different. We ask for open communication and complete information and have listed our preferences below.
- Do not offer me pain medication. I will request it if I want it.
- Provide only intermittent fetal monitoring.
- Permit my husband and doula to be present at all times.
- Let labor begin on its own.
- Provide me the freedom to change positions as needed in labor and while pushing.
- I want to wait to push until I feel the urge.
- Maintain a quiet room with no excess hospital staff.
- Use interventions only if there is a compelling medical reason deemed. (IV, Pitocin, etc.)
- Do not connect the Heplock to me unless there is a compelling medical reason. (I.V. fluids or Pitocin, emergency, etc.)
- Do not perform an episiotomy.
- Please allow collection of cord blood by my midwife in accordance with the Duke University Cord Blood guidelines
- Perform initial care of baby while baby is on my body.
- Permit breastfeeding only. No bottles, pacifiers or formula.
- Allow rooming-in with baby and perform all exams of baby in our presence.
- Do not circumcise our son. We will be having a religious and private ceremony for his circumcision.
- Do not apply eye ointment of Vitamin K to our son until one hour after the birth.
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- Baby Connect
- Baby Shusher
- Anything by Moose Moose Duck
- Whitenoise by TMSoft
- In The Meadow
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