I have slightly edited our birth plan because when I transferred it from my original post to Word, it came to a little over two pages, and I didn’t want to print out that much paper or have too many pages for nurses and delivery staff to keep track of. So here is a slightly edited version which comes to about a page and a half on a Word document.
Hello to the staff at Sutter Memorial Birthing Center!
We are the S family expecting our second baby girl who we are naming Vera. We are very excited that you will be helping and sharing her birth with us. Please let us help you to get to know us better by reading our wishes for this birth. We are planning an un-medicated vaginal birth, our second one! We know that, with your help and the absence of complications, that this will be an amazing natural birth. We believe that flexibility and having an open mind for all our parts is key. We would like to ask to be attended by staff who the most enthusiastic about helping with an un-medicated birth. We look forward to getting your support and your advice throughout our experience. Our birth team consists of myself, my husband, our doula Teresa and my grandma Betty.
- I am happy to move around and change positions for more comfort and to speed up labor.
- I would like the room to remain dim with no bright lights during labor and after delivery.
- I would like to sip water or coconut water throughout labor to prevent dehydration.
- In the absence of complications I would like minimal interventions such as pain medication, vaginal exams, internal monitoring and IV.
- Please help me by not asking if I want pain medications since myself or one of my birth team members will let you know if I change my mind.
- If interventions become necessary, please allow us time to review all the risks and benefits with you.
- I would like to forgo continuous monitoring unless it becomes necessary.
- Please help me to try a variety of positions including the squatting bar.
- I would like to push only when I feel the urge and would like direction in my low grunting and vocal noises.
- I would prefer not to have an episiotomy unless it is absolutely necessary to hasten Vera’s delivery
- If possible my husband would like to help deliver or catch Vera.
- I want my daughter placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery to allow us to bond.
- We do not want the umbilical cord to be cut until it has stopped pulsating and until Vera has received all of the blood from the placenta. My husband would like to cut the cord when the time comes.
- We do not want Vera to receive the Vitamin K Shot/injection
- We do not want Vera to receive Erythromycin eye ointment
- Please delay all noncritical measures: We would like all non-emergency routines to be postponed from being administered to Vera until at least 1 to 2 hours after her birth so we can immediately bond with her and begin breastfeeding.
- If my daughter must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, my husband will accompany her at all times.
- We want to request a private room whenever one is available.
- Please do not announce our daughter’s birth to family members who may be waiting outside, we will let them know after Vera has breastfed.
- We want to keep the placenta, please do not discard it
- We prefer to allow the placenta to be delivered without assistance, pulling, or medication.
- We plan on encapsulating the placenta and have brought a cooler filled with ice for the placenta to remain in until transfer by us.
- I would like to avoid all artificial nipples including pacifiers and bottles.
- If Vera and I have any trouble with breastfeeding I welcome your guidance and support to help us along with our latching and with any other problems we may have.
- This will be my second time breastfeeding a newborn and I plan to nurse on demand and exclusively.
In case of Cesarean: I would like my husband present at all times, as well as my doula if the anesthesiologist allows it. As long as we are both stable, please facilitate a minimal separation between Vera and I so I can breastfeed and bond as soon as possible.
We would like to thank you ahead of time for your help and participation in our un-medicated birth of our baby girl Vera! We understand that in the event of an emergency flexibility is required, and we will discuss necessary changes to our birth plan with the hospital staff and medical team. Thank you for helping us make the birth of baby Vera unique and special.