I've come across a lot of references to birth plans lately and am starting to think about what I want/ don't want. I'd love to see an actual birth plan (as a kind of template) if anyone is willing to share. PM or post. Thanks!!!!
Here's the birth preference sheet my couples use as a starting point.
John and I are looking forward to having a positive birth experience at x.
Below are our birth preferences. We appreciate your support during this special time.
I would like to keep VE’s to a minimum (ie on admission) and only at my request after that (unless there is a concern for my baby)
I prefer to labour and birth in any position that I find comfortable.
I prefer to have intermittent monitoring unless there is a concern for my baby.
We would like to keep the lights dimmed as much as possible.
As long as labour progresses normally and my baby are doing fine I prefer not to have my membranes released or have my labour speeded up.
I prefer not to have an episiotomy
When I am fully dilated, and assuming our baby is doing well, I would like to wait until I feel the urge to push before beginning the second stage of labour.
After the Birth
I prefer to have a natural third stage and allow the cord to finish pulsating before it is clamped/cut.
My partner would like to cut the cord
Should intervention become necessary we would appreciate being fully informed of all risks, benefits and alternatives.
If a caesarean becomes necessary, my partner will remain with me at all times. Time permitting I wish to have an epidural for anesthesia.
I posted mine on the June mums thread, abut halfway down this page:
Thanks both of you! That will get me started! Never even thought about cutting the cord!
sorry if this is a stupid question but can you have a birth plan if you are a public patient?
Not a stupid question at all. The answer is absolutely. It really just boils down to deciding what interventions you do/ don't want, and then writing them down so that when you're babbling away on the happy gas your wishes are still known and (hopefully) met.