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    I've been told to take my 'birth plan' to my pre-admission appointment next week. I never had one with DS and don't really believe in a 'plan' as such as I don't think birth is something you can really 'plan'. However, I understand it's good that they know what my preferences are so they can give me any info I need and save me having to explain it when I arrive in labor etc etc.

    If anyone is willing to share their birth plan - or good templates or basics the birth plan should cover, please let me know! Happy for you to PM me too. I so far haven't found anything on line (they seem really complicated?!) that's really suitable.

    I really just want to have a list of preferences rather than a plan as such.

    NB I am hoping for a VBAC. Thanks!

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    Mine was simple with my last bub.

    Don't talk to me.
    Don't touch me unless I ask.
    Leave me alone.

    ICE - dh gets skin/skin. Yes to shots. No to formula.


    I ended up birthing on my hands and knees in the shower with the lights off all by myself with the mw and my ob watching with a torch. Just perfect.

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    The only thing I wish I'd considered when it comes to birth plans is to document my wishes should things not go the way I'd planned. So asking for DP to be given skin to skin should I end up in a c section. For nobody else to feed DS before I return from recovery. Things like that for example. I didn't know that a c section is where if end up and was left quite frightened and distressed at some points. I wish I'd documented that I wanted delayed cord clamping and not to be separated from DP and DS for so long whilst in recovery etc. don't know if that helps.

    You could always join the Facebook vbac groups. Those girls are all over their birth plans!!

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    Think of it as birth preferences.

    Do you want pain relief? If so, what are your preferences? ie do you want an epidural as soon as you can or do you not want an epidural no matter how hard you beg (and all shades in between).

    Do you consent to Vitamin K and/or Hepatitis B?

    Do you want delayed cord clamping or do you want to donate your cord blood (assuming your hospital had the option)?

    Going for a VBAC they'll recommend continuous monitoring. Do you want to remain active in labour? Does your hospital have wireless monitoring?

    Do you want immediate skin to skin until baby has breastfed?

    In the event of an emergency what do you want to happen? ie skin to skin with DH, no one to see/cuddle baby until you do, no to formula, yes to formula etc. This is a big one for me. If I were to end up in ICU I would not want anyone else apart from DH to see or cuddle my baby until I had. I would be devastated to find out my in laws had done all of that before I'd had a chance. Even if I were unconscious I would want people to hand express me over giving formula (unless there was a medical indication or no colostrum to express) to at least give my body a start in stimulating my milk supply.

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    Mine was for no6

    Don't put the drip in my elbow crease.

    I will go with flow. Open to anything.

    I would prefer to stay 2 or 3 nights to bond with bub before heading home to madness of 5 kids at home

    I ended up with a bloody drip in my elbow crease. They just couldn't get it in anywhere else. :/

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    I haven't got any thing written at this stage, but this will be it for me,

    I want to walk through my contractions, if I need a canula and drip so be it, but I still want to be mobile. If the pain gets too unbearable, I would like an epidural this time.

    That's it.

    I am 32 + 2 weeks along with third bubs..I had a bad post partum haemmorage with DD1, so with DD2 they suggested that I lay down for the entire time, and I hated it, and I ended up having another post partum haemmorage with her anyway, so I figure, if it's gonna happen, there is nothing I can do to prevent it, so l want to be mobile...not stuck on my back like a flipped turtle....until I request an epidural if I feel I need it. Never been able to have one before because I was too anemic at both previous births, however my red blood cell count is good at the moment, so I will be happy to have the option.
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    @Marchbundle did they give any rationale for that. That is the strangest thing I've ever heard...

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    Quote Originally Posted by M'LadyEm View Post
    @Marchbundle did they give any rationale for that. That is the strangest thing I've ever heard...
    I had my youngest 10 years ago, and I had to lay down, legs in up in stirrups and they broke my waters. I was told that if I lay down for the birth, that might stop the haemmoraging this time....well it didn't work lol. Lost 2 litres with DD1 and 1.6 with DD2.

    So if I want to walk around this time so be it. This birth is at a different hospital, but the doctors know my history.

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    That's bizarre. Ah well. I've never heard of that being done before. All we do for people with a history of PPH is cannulate them at the beginning of labour and take some blood to check their blood count and strongly recommend an active 3rd stage. That's kind of it. Laying down is not going to do a thing to prevent a PPH.

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    I honestly think most of the templates out there a load of crap mainly because 95% of the things on there are standard care.

    Think of things that are most important to you and your DH.

    Do you want an epidural the minute you walk in the door or do you want not to be asked if you need pain relief and you'll ask for it yourself.

    Third stage/vitamin k/hep b etc

    I'd also be finding out the hospitals policies on induction if post dates and augmenting labour if your waters break but no labour starts as well as whether or not wireless continuous monitoring is available.

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