Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Our birth wish list

I am calling this our 'birth wish list' as opposed to 'birth plan' because this ridiculously anal particular type A planner gets really stressed when things don't go according to 'plan'.

We tried to keep it short and sweet:

• I will be using Hypnobirthing relaxation techniques. If I am unresponsive, do not worry; please direct questions to Dad.

• I prefer not to have my membranes stripped or water broken. Please obtain my permission before doing either.

• I would prefer intermittent (as opposed to continuous) fetal monitoring.

• I would prefer a heparin or saline lock as opposed to a Continuous IV (if necessary).

• Please do not offer me any pain medication. I know it is available to me, and will ask if I want it.

• As long as the baby and I are healthy, I prefer to have no time limits on pushing.

• I would like to try to push instinctively rather than on command, and in various positions.

• I would like to avoid an episiotomy unless absolutely medically necessary; perineal massage and warm compresses would be preferable.

• We would like to delay cord clamping until the cord stops pulsing. Dad would like to cut the cord when the time comes.

• I appreciate your patience in allowing my placenta to detach naturally.

• Dad would like to be present for any and all procedures performed on baby, and we would like to delay all non-urgent procedures until both of us have had time to bond with baby.

Did you make a birth plan? What is (or was) on yours?

13 words of geekdom:

Cheerbuddy said...

Wow. I can honestly say that is a lot of new information. I need to study more.

Mrs. M317 said...

I did not make a birth plan, but wish I had. It is really difficult, in the moment, to remember why you thought you would do something a certain way. In retrospect, I'm glad that I allowed myself to "go with the flow" but next time I think I'd want to have some of my wishes written down like this. It's so hard to make decisions when you're in pain! This is a great wish list :)

Josefine said...

Good luck hon! I can't believe how close you are. I am looking forward to reading your birth story! I am not writing a birth plan because (I'm not sure you know this) we are planning a home birth. So of course we are still thinking about how we want things to go, but we don't have to worry about IVs, episiotomies, or pain meds.

pinkflipflops said...

Haven't formulated ours yet but it will sound much like yours. I am going to include something that if a c-section does occur that NO ONE but my husband and/or medical staff is to hold the child until I do.

**Papps** said...

Whenever the day comes, I'd like mine to be like yours! Though I have a lot of research to do since some of this is news to me! lol

Sweet Jo said...

I love that you're calling it a birth wish list. Mine will be very similar to yours with a few additional items. My doula is coming over tomorrow, so once we talk about it and I "finalize" it, I'll send it to you.

Mrs. Baker said...

I'm with the girl who says she needs to research more. Sheesh! That sounds awesome though!

Ashlee said...

I like some that posted earlier need to do some more research... I have awhile to plan this out but I think the way you plan to birth is amazing! I look forward to hearing how it turns out!!

...heather... said...

Can I steal your wish list - I have to make mine soon ;o) It sounds great!

anonomity said...

I love that you call it a "wish list" and not a "plan"... I am the same as you and get really upset when things don't go according to plan! ;-) Good luck to you -- I hope you get all of the items on your wish list, and that you have a healthy delivery for you and baby Carina!

Happily Married said...

I joke with my DH that when our time comes, my birth plan is to have a healthy baby while experiencing as little pain for myself as possible. Is that bad? Probably, but I know plenty of c-section and epidural babies who turned out to be perfectly healthy, normal people. And I know a few natural birth babies who I wonder how they don't hurt themselves...

Mama G said...

@Happily Married - absolutely nothing wrong with that! I ended up having an epidural and DD is just fine.

Anonymous said...

I made a great one then forgot it at home when we rushed to the hospital! Lol.

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