Question on birth plans..
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|Sat, 03-28-2009 - 5:11am|
Hi everyone. :)
I am new here, so bare with me. My name is Jennilee. I am 21 years old. I am pregnant with my 2nd child (both boys). I had a planned c-section with my first for medical reasons, and the hospital here does not do VBAC's so my only option was a repeat c-section. (Which is okay with me).
Anyways, I have been reading up and gaining a lot of useful knowledge here and one topic I thought was very interesting was a "birth plan". I guess my main question with this is why don't doctors or nurses discuss this with you? I have never heard of it. (I wish I had known I had "options" the first time around being so young and uninformed.) I am glad that I found this place because I had never heard of, for example, EMLA cream before an IV and never thought that you could make requests for the dr/nurses to do things differently then what they are used to doing.
I remember for my first, I exclusively breastfed and we had to tell the nurses there repeatedly that we did not want any bottles/pacis given to our baby and whenever they'd take him from our room he'd come back with a bottle and paci with him. My fiance and mother were so angry with the nurses but there were always new nurses on and didn't know. After the 2nd day, they actually posted a paper sign on his little cart that said "NO bottles or pacifiers for this baby". It was very frustrating and I am wondering if this time around they will be ignorant to that one request, let alone a whole list of them.
So is a birth plan something you work on with your doctor beforehand? And do you actually type it up and take to the hospital with you before your c-section?? Do you sign it and is it a legal document or what? Can the doctor refuse to honor your requests? How many people actually write birth plans? And wouldn't it annoy the dr. a little to have to make all those exceptions for a patient as opposed to doing it their way to someone who doesn't have one (I know they aren't obviously annoyed because they are there for us, but you know what I mean I hope). I don't have a close relationship with my dr. because there are 3 at our hospital and we aren't assigned to one. Instead, a patient meets with all 3 throughout the duration of the pregnancy and then you randomly get one of them for the c-section.
Okay, I will quit rambling, but since the "birth plan" is all new to me I was really hoping any of you could inform me more about them.