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Old 05-04-2006, 12:39 PM   #1
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Birth plans

Anybody want to share theirs? I know I've seen some samples and templates online but of course I couldn't find them when I was looking for another mama a few minutes ago! I'm hoping for a homebirth this time but if I do wind up at the hospital, I want to have the birth plan in place so that things go more smoothly this time. The midwife I'll be using if I wind up in the hospital delivered my cousin's baby last year so I'm waiting on a copy of her birth plan to see what they agreed on. Just want to see what others have included and make sure I don't leave anything out! Thanks!!
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Old 05-04-2006, 05:42 PM   #2
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okay so i found the thread but no posts yet! i was thinking this is great just in case i leave something out that is important!
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http://www.joysofbirth.net/birth_plan_worksheet.htm

Birth Plan Worksheet

When writing your own Birth Plan, keep the following points in mind.

1. A Birth Plan should not come across as being an order to the medical staff. Keep it as friendly as you can.

2. Your Birth Plan should be no longer than one page. A medical staff member should be able to quickly look at the paper and get a good understanding of where you are coming from.

3. Make it personal. Mention a procedure you definitely want to avoid, or a major fear you might have.

4. Don't get too detailed. Understand that some things, such as totally avoiding electronic fetal monitoring in a hospital setting, is practically impossible. Be willing to compromise. For example, you might agree to intermittent fetal monitoring.

5. Put your desires in bulleted form. This makes everything easy to read and understand.


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Mother's Name:
Support Person/People:
Doula:
Place of Delivery:

Introduction: This should be a brief statement saying something about your general goal for your birth experience, including any fears you have or any interventions you definitely want to avoid. If you have had any complications during your pregnancy that may affect your labor or your outlook on labor, you may include that here.

Here are my/our main preferences for this birth experience:

v Point number one

v Point number two

v Point number three

v Point number four

In the case of an emergency cesarean birth, I/we would like these wishes to be honored:

v Point number one

v Point number two

v Point number three

I/We would like to thank you in advance for respecting our wishes. We will forever remember this experience.
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I don't know that it helps
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Re: Birth plans

My midwife gave me an example one and a template for my son, what kind of info are you looking for exactly?
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this helps so far!
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we're just looking for an example, or if you would like share yours that may remind us of something we've forgotten. or something that we didn't think about that may be important.
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Re: Birth plans

It is really important to go over the birth plan in advance with the doctor or midwife who will be delivering the baby. This ensures that your expectations are realistic and that she knows what is most important to you about the birth. My doc was great about going over it with me. I knew I would probably have to deliver in the OR (twins--possible emergency cs), but it was really important to me that I not have to deliver on the operating table unless absolutely necessary. My OB said she was comfortable with me being moved to the table only in the case of an emergency. When the day came, my LD nurse saw that on the birth plan, and asked all sorts of hosptal people, who all said I had to deliver on the table. I was near tears! But, when they went to move me to the table, my OB, said no, she was competent to make that decision. If I hadn't discussed it in advance, I'm sure I would have terrible memories of delivering flat on my back on a hard metal table! If you pm me your email, I can email the Word document with my plan. It's on my other computer so it might be later tonight or tomorrow though.
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