Focus Areas

Childbirth Plan

My husband, Robert Makelin (and possibly Kaleb, my son), and the foreign doula and foreign midwife, should be present with me throughout labor and delivery. I prefer that people present in the labor room not wear surgical masks. LABOR I may prefer to wear my own clothes rather than a hospital gown.Please allow me to vocalize as desired during labor and birth without comment or criticism.To preserve my privacy and dignity, I would prefer that everyone knock before entering.I would prefer to avoid an enema and/or shaving of pubic hair. I would like to be free to walk around during labor, and use the restroom, if needed.I wish to be able to move around and change position at will throughout labor.I would like to be able to have fluids by mouth throughout the first stage of labor.I would like the environment to be kept as quiet as possible.I would like the lights in the room to be kept low during my labor.I would prefer to keep the number of vaginal exams to a minimum.I do not want an IV unless I become dehydrated.I may wish to have my husband join me in the birth tub.

MONITORING Electronic fetal monitor: external and only for an initial 20 minute strip if needed, after that I would prefer intermittent Doppler monitoring。I do not wish to have continuous fetal monitoring unless it is required by the condition of the baby.I do not want an internal monitor unless the baby has shown some sign of distress.

LABOR AUGMENTATION/INDUCTION

I do not wish to have the amniotic membrane ruptured artificially unless signs of fetal distress require internal monitoring. If my labor needs augmentation, I would prefer to be allowed to try changing position and other natural methods (walking, nipple stimulation) before pitocin or other medical augmentation methods or artificial rupture of membranes are administered.

ANESTHESIA/PAIN MEDICATION

I realize that many pain medications exist I'll ask for them if I need them.

ACTUAL BIRTH

I want to breathe and push my baby out -- I don't want my baby pulled out in any way If absolutely necessary, I would prefer the use of vacuum extraction rather than forceps.

CESAREAN

Unless absolutely necessary, I would like to avoid a Cesarean.If a Cesarean delivery is indicated, I would like to be fully informed and to participate in the decision-making process. We prefer that the anesthesia take effectbefore the catheter is inserted and that there are no "hot spots" (areas which arenot yet numb) before the surgery begins.I would like my doula and husband present at all times if the baby requires a Cesarean delivery.Please explain the surgery to me as it happens.So I can view the birth, please ask me if I would like the screen lowered just before delivery of the baby.If possible, please do not strap my arms to the table during the procedure. If conditions permit, I would like to be the first to hold the baby after the delivery. If possible, I would like to breastfeed the baby immediately after the birth.

EPISIOTOMY

I would prefer not to have an episiotomy unless absolutely required for the baby's safety.If possible, I would like to use perineal massage and hot compresses to help avoid the need for an episiotomy. I request manual perineal support during pushing contractions to reduce tearing.I would rather tear than have an episiotomy. One possible exception to this is "buttonholing", where a cut would be performed to direct 3rd degree tearing away from the anus and rectum; or situations of severe fetal distress, where the baby needs to come out extremely quickly. I would like a local anesthetic to repair a tear or an episiotomy.

DELIVERY

I would like to give birth in the water, and I would like to be able to deliver in any position in the water that I feel comfortable in.If for some reason I cannot give birth in the water, I would like to be allowed to choose the position in which I give birth, including squatting, a supported squat, a hands-and-knees position.I prefer to push or not push according to my instincts and may prefer not to have guidance or coaching in this effort. I do not want to use stirrups while pushing. I would like a mirror available so I can see the baby's head when it crowns.I would like the chance to touch the baby's head when it crowns.Even if I am fully dilated, and assuming the baby is not in distress, I may like to try to wait until I feel the urge to push before beginning the pushing phase.I may want to have the room lights turned low for the actual delivery and we may want to light candles to put around the room.My husband would like to be the person who catches the baby at birth.I would appreciate having the room as quiet as possible when the baby is born.I would like to have the baby placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery, and the two of us wrapped up warmly together, if necessary, if we are out of the water.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER DELIVERY

I would prefer that the umbilical cord stop pulsating before it is clamped and cut (or wait at least 3 minutes after birth before clamping and cutting) (There is considerable research that links early cord clamping with infant anemia, autism, brain hemorrhaging, and mental impairment.)I would like to have my husband cut the cord.Unless it is particularly indicated, I would like to avoid routine suctioning of the baby's nose and mouth.I would like to hold the baby while I deliver the placenta and any tissue repairs are made.I would like to hold the baby skin-to-skin during the first hours to help regulate baby's body temperature. I would prefer to bathe the baby myself, at my discretion. Please delay eye medication (do not use silver nitrate), examinations and treatments for the baby until we are well past the initial bonding period (a couple hours after the birth). Please do not take the baby away from me for any examination or treatment. I plan to keep the baby near me following birth and would appreciate if the evaluation of the baby can be done with the baby on my abdomen, with both of us covered by a warm blanket, unless there is an unusual situation.If the baby must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, my husband will accompany the baby at all times.I would prefer to hold the baby rather than have him placed under heat lamps.I may not want a routine injection of pitocin after the delivery to aid in expelling the placenta. I will have the baby breastfeed as soon as possible and as frequently as possible after birth.I would like to see the placenta after it is delivered.I would like baby to be given vitamin K orally as opposed to an injection。

POSTPARTUM

Unless required for health reasons, I do not wish to be separated from my baby.If baby must be taken from room, I would like myself and/or my husband to accompany the baby at all times.If medical procedures must be performed on the baby, I would like for myself and/or my husband to be present at all times.I would like to have the baby "room in" and be with me at all times.If baby needs to be incubated, I would prefer to adm。

BREASTFEEDING

I plan to breastfeed the baby and would like to begin nursing very shortly after birth.I do not wish to have any pacifiers or bottles given to the baby (including glucose water or plain water).

PHOTO/VIDEO

I would like to take still photographs during labor and the birth.I would like to make a video recording of labor and/or the birth and would like a nurse to do so.OTHER I would prefer that no students, interns, residents or non-essential personnel be present during my labor or the birth.I would like to be released home at as early a date as possible.

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