I know birth can't be 100% planned but I think creating a birth plan really helped me birth with confidence, knowing that our care providers knew what we wanted (even if things couldn't go as we wished!).
Also, because writing a birth plan usually involves doing some research - you can learn a lot about birth and your options. My eyes were opened to a lot of new things I never knew about, and I think that education definitely contributed to a fearless birth
So I just wanted to share our Birth Wishes, hoping that it benefits someone else. Please feel free to comment and critique if you like...
Our Birth Wishes
Mother & Father
We are so happy to birth our baby at the Ipswich Hospital. Our experience to date with staff and facilities has been wonderful. We have faith in your ability and truly appreciate your willingness to help us achieve a relaxed, natural birth.
We have chosen to apply deep relaxation and other natural techniques from the HypnoBirthing method. Please ask us if you would like to know more about this. We understand that this choice presumes a normal pregnancy and birth. Should a medical emergency situation arise, please know that you will have our complete cooperation after an explanation of the medical need.
We respectfully ask the following requests be honoured
As long as baby & I are fine, I’d prefer to be free of time limits and not have my labour augmented
I’d prefer not to be offered drugs; we are aware of the options for pain relief & will ask for it if needed
Please refrain from any references to pain or hurt at all times
Please refer to contractions as “surges” or “pressure”
Use of bath
Gentle encouragement when bearing down (No loud coaching to push)
Photography/filming allowed by our support people during birth
Discover baby’s sex ourselves
The father to be involved in receiving the baby during birth
After Birth… Presuming our baby is well, we’d like:
To wait until the cord stops pulsating (or longer) before it is clamped & cut by the father
Placenta to be delivered naturally, without synthetic oxytocin (unless I’m haemorrhaging)
All newborn procedures (weighing & measuring) to wait until we’ve had time to bond with & feed baby
Vitamin K to be given after first bath, which we may choose to delay
Defer Hepatitis B injections until baby’s first vaccinations at 2 months
Caesarean… If a caesarean becomes necessary we’d like:
For the screen to be lowered so we can witness the birth of our baby
Baby to be placed on my chest while procedure is completed, unless prevented by medical emergency
For the cord to stop pulsating before clamping
The opportunity to breastfeed our baby in recovery
To be sure that a double layer suture is used & not single, in order to improve chances for a future VBAC
Please show patience & understanding if we decide to change our minds on any of the above
~ Thank you for taking the time to read our plan. We are very grateful for your support ~