Creating a Birth Plan
by Heather Slee
Labor is unpredictable. You really never know what is going to happen. Even a scheduled c-section can have its surprising moments. Nonetheless, preparation is a good thing; it’s good to prepare for the unexpected and have a plan, not only for the medical professionals serving you, but also for your own peace of mind. Here are some questions to help you create a birth plan.
- 1. What hospital are you going to?
- 2. Who do you want with you in the delivery room?
- 3. Do you want pain relief medication? If so, what medication would you prefer? (epidural, spinal block, narcotics, local anesthetic, etc.)
- 4. When would you like pain medication administered?
- 5. What do you want as birthing aids? (music, focal object, massage from your partner, etc.)
- 6. What position do you want to give birth in?
- 7. Are you okay with getting an episiotomy?
- 8. Do you want your son circumcised?
- 9. Who do you want to cut the umbilical cord?
- 10. Do you want to donate or store the umbilical cord blood?
- 11. If a c-section is necessary, who do you want with you? Do you want a second opinion?
- 12. Other needs
- 1. St. Michael’s Hospital
- 2. I want my spouse in the delivery room
- 3. Epidural
- 4. I want an epidural when my contractions become less than one minute apart.
- 5. I want to use a focal object while in labor (photo).
- 6. I want to be reclined when pushing.
- 7. I’d rather not have an episiotomy.
- 8. If it’s a boy, I want to have him circumcised.
- 9. I want the doctor to cut the umbilical cord.
- 10. I want to donate the umbilical cord blood.
- 11. If a c-section is necessary, I want my spouse in the room with me.
- 12. I’d like ice water for the beginning of labor. I’d like my baby placed on my chest immediately after birth.
What do you think? Creating a Birth Plan