Birth Plans

Planning with your support person on what is important to you in your birth will give you confidence that these things will be followed by your birthing team. (Support person, doula, labor nurse, doctor) 
A Birth Plan is putting these requests in a written form.  It will provide the staff and your doctor with a guideline of your wants and needs, but will not be deemed a legal or binding document.
              Rule #1  Birth is not black and white.  Seasoned practitioners in the birthing arena will tell you that birth is shades of gray, and that a good birth is one where the mother and her support team are flexible. Quite frankly, many mothers will not know how they will react to certain situations until they are experiencing them.  My philosophy is "keep all doors open!" Flexibility is the name of the game.

              Rule #2        Put down what you want to see happening in your birth....not what you don't want.

              Rule #3        Keep your birth plan condensed to one page.

              Rule #4        Share your plan with your support team, doctor and hospital staff.  Give each a copy.      
 
              
                           And now it begins....
                           We Love our Birth Balls

SOMETHINGS THAT MAY BE CONSIDERED IN YOUR PLAN
    • FREEDOM OF MOVEMENT
    • INTERMITTENT  MONITORING
    • SUPPORT FOR NATURAL BIRTH TECHNIQUES
    • NO I.V. UNLESS MEDICALLY NECESSARY (SALINE LOCK OK)
    • PUSHING POSITIONS THAT ENCOURAGE GRAVITY, OTHER THAN SEMI-SITTING, IF NECESSARY
    • WAITING TO GIVE EYE TREATMENT (OINTMENT) TO BABY (AFTER BIRTH) UNTIL AFTER INITIAL BONDING
    • SKIN-TO-SKIN CONTACT WITH BABY AFTER BIRTH
    • HANDS-ON BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT, WHEN REQUESTED