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    Default What did you include in your Birth Plan?

    I'm writing mine out at the moment and trying to think of any major key points I need to stress.
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    I had no plan.

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    I didn't take anything written with me, but DF and I discussed things before hand. Wouldn't have made a difference anyway with the midwives I had.

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    It really depends on what you think is important. What your preferences are in regards to pain relief, what happens after baby is born etc.
    mine for example included things like my preference for an active birth, the order in which I wanted to try pain relief, that I wanted to try and catch baby, husband to announce sex and cut the cord. We also included what we wanted to happen in the case of cesarean, scn/nicu admission and how we wanted our baby fed in case I wasn't with it.
    We listed preferences which I went through with my midwives on separate occasions.
    I think the key is to be realistic and flexible.

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    I wrote out a brief plan but never gave it to the midwives during labour. A few key points I had were - preferred birthing method to be water birth, do not offer pain relief, will use gas when required, no episiotomy, do not pull baby when crowning, delayed cord clamping. That's all I can think of at the moment.

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    I didn't have a plan for DS - nothing could have prepared me for how it went down However this time I have some definite requests - I am having an elective C-section so some things I'm requesting are; skin to skin, for DH to have a syringe of colostrum ready if things go awry, that bub and DH can accompany me to recovery if required (this was very traumatic for me with DS, I was left alone without DH or DS for over 2 hours not knowing what the eff was going on).... What kinds of things are you thinking of Tazz?

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    As pp said, focus on what is important to you.
    From memory I had a short list with a dot-point on pain relief, e.g. specifically that I did not want pethedine offered. Another on visitors & people in the room during labour. Also my wishes should I need an emergency cs (DH to stay with baby & no visitors etc).

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    What kinds of things are you thinking of Tazz?
    Not 100 % yet but this is what I have so far:

    • Epidural and pethidine is an absolute last resort, I’d like gas and air if I absolutely need it.
    • C/section is a last resort also, I would like to birth naturally if possible.
    • I'd like to try breastfeeding ASAP.
    • If bub is healthy I'd like him/her on my chest quickly before being taken to be cleaned up.
    • We will be delaying cord clamping unless there are any serious health complications that would prevent us from doing so.
    • I've consented to the Hep and Vit K injections at birth.
    • If bub ends up in the nursery or I have complications NO ONE aside from DF is allowed to see bub until I say so.
    • Bub isn't to be taken out of the room without either DF or I accompanying with the exception of a medical emergency.
    • If in nursery: no formula, IV okay, no dummy (unless baby absolutely has to).

    I'm just wondering if I've missed out any key points
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    We also won't be telling anyone we've had baby until we're ready so there's no need to write anything about visitors for us

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    Mine was pretty short:

    Please don't offer me pain relief

    I wish to be supported to be as active as possible

    Please don't announce the sex of the baby, we want to see for ourselves

    Don't clamp the cord until it's stopped pulsing

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