Birth Plan Samples?

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Registered: 09-29-2006
Birth Plan Samples?
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Wed, 03-31-2010 - 2:27pm

Hi everyone,


I was just wondering if anyone would be willing to share their birth plan or any sample birth plans that you found helpful when you were preparing your birth plan.


I have tried to attach the birth plan that my doula sent as a sample/place to start (hopefully the attachment worked:). I'm just starting to think about what I may want to add and remove.


I will be cared for by a midwife, so I fully expect her to support me in having as natural a birth as possible. However, I will be in a hospital, and there is a chance that other medical staff could enter the birthing room for consultation if my midwife feels its neccessary. So I mostly want the plan in place to get my thoughts down, but also to

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Registered: 02-26-2008
Wed, 03-31-2010 - 4:03pm

Thanks for sharing...I found an online one at Pregnancy today...its not as detailed, but it is a start.

http://www.birthplan.com/


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Registered: 11-13-2005
Wed, 03-31-2010 - 4:10pm
I actually stole this template from Christine's birth plan, and took out and added what I wanted to. The only thing I suggest is somehow getting yours to fit on one page.
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Registered: 12-17-2007
Thu, 04-01-2010 - 1:02pm

I'd recommend getting a sense of the place you're delivering and keeping your birth plan as simple as possible. And also writing it in such a way that you show that you're flexible.

I really liked these blog posts about it:
http://navelgazingmidwife.squarespace.com/navelgazing-midwife-blog/2008/11/3/what-happened-to-follow-up-to-birth-plans.html
http://navelgazingmidwife.squarespace.com/navelgazing-midwife-blog/2008/10/25/updated-birth-plan-template.html

Particularly, things like wearing your own clothing don't need to go on the birth plan, you should just do them. Something liking limiting vaginal exams might be better to discuss with your care providers and then deal with on a case by case basis.

I don't know how long you plan to delay bathing, but one thing we really liked is we put down that DH would do the first bath. It was a really great bonding experience for him.

You also don't mention hep B. We skipped hep B and eye ointment altogether. He got the vitamin K injection about an hour after birth while we were in the nursery bathing him.

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Tue, 04-06-2010 - 10:48pm

Hey Cassie....

Here is mine :) We'll see how well it works out for me!

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Registered: 09-29-2006
Mon, 04-12-2010 - 5:49pm

Thanks for the input, everyone!


Lorien - I think it's a good point to find out what the standard practices are for your care provider/birth location and not bother to mention things that would be done, anyways. I don't want to patronize my midwife!


You know, I only learned recently that Hep B vaccines are routinely given to newborns in the States. That's not something that's done here in Canada. I assume that it's not considered necessary, since all pregnant women are tested for it.


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