While surfing around the ‘net, I found this really cool birth plan creator thing-a-ma-jig at PregnancyandBaby.com. Hmmm… I guess it’s only really cool if you’re expecting. But whatever. Anyways, while there I decided to create my own birth plan…
Birth Plan for Cosmo GRRL!
Due Date: July 8, 2005
We are looking forward to sharing our birth experience with you. We have created this birth plan in order to outline some of our preferences for birth. We would appreciate you reviewing this plan, and would be happy to do so with you. We understand that there may be situations in which our choices may not be possible, but we hope that you will help us to move toward our goals as much as possible and to make this labor and birth a great experience. We do not want to replace the medical personnel, but instead want to be informed of any procedures in advance, and to be allowed the chance to give informed consent. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions or comments. Thank you!
I expect that doctors and hospital staff will discuss all procedures with me before they are performed.
I would like to be free to walk, change positions and use the bathroom as needed or desired.
I will remain hydrated by drinking moderate amounts of fluids (water, juice, ice chips).
I wish to labor freely in the birthing tub or shower.
I do not mind observation by students, interns or staff.
If my pregnancy progresses past 40 weeks, I would prefer to base the decision to induce on the results of Cosmo Baby’s biophysical profiles, not on my own personal discomfort or impatience.
If induction is attempted, but fails, I would like to come back at another time rather than pursue further intervention (assuming my membranes are intact and that waiting presents no danger to Cosmo Baby or myself).
I would like to have a light dose (walking) epidural.
I would like the epidural to wear off slightly as I approach full dilation and the pushing stage.
Cesarean Section Delivery
If a cesarean is necessary, I expect to be fully informed of all procedures and actively participate in decision-making.
I would like my husband, Cosmo Boy to be present during the surgery.
Please explain the surgery to me as it happens.
If conditions permit, I would like to be the first to hold Cosmo Baby after the delivery.
If possible, I would like to breastfeed Cosmo Baby immediately after the birth.
To help my perineum stretch, please help guide my pushing efforts by letting me know when to push and when to stop.
I would rather have an episiotomy than risk a tear.
Please administer local anesthesia when repairing any episiotomy or tear(s).
I would like the freedom to push and deliver in any position I like.
I would appreciate help from my husband, Cosmo Boy and staff supporting my legs as I push.
I would not like to have a mirror available.
Immediately after the birth
Please place Cosmo Baby on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery.
I would like to breastfeed Cosmo Baby immediately.
My husband, Cosmo Boy would like the option to cut the cord.
Please allow the umbilical cord to stop pulsating before it is cut.
Please remove my IV/Heparin lock/catheter as soon as possible after delivery.
Please evaluate and bathe Cosmo Baby at my bedside.
If Cosmo Baby must go to the nursery for evaluation or medical treatment, my husband, Cosmo Boy, or someone I designate, will accompany Cosmo Baby at all times.
If available, I would prefer a private room.
I would like to have Cosmo Baby room-in with me at all times.
I would like my my husband, Cosmo Boy to room-in with me.
Assuming I feel up to it and Cosmo Baby is healthy, I would like to be released from the hospital as soon as possible following the birth.
I plan to breastfeed and want to nurse immediately following the birth.
I would like to know more about breastfeeding.
I would like to meet with the staff lactation consultant.
I am not planning to have Cosmo Baby circumcised.
Pregnancy and Baby Birth Plan – http://PregnancyAndBaby.com
Information contained within this plan was selected and written by Cosmo GRRL!.
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