Here's my birth plan:
If at any time during the labour I am unable to make decisions that may affect myself or my baby, my partner Dylan has all authority to make decisions.
A video camera and still camera will be used during the birth and labour by my mother Robyn.
I do not want training medical staff to be granted access, as this is my first birth.
I will rest or move around as I see fit. I do not intend to confine myself to the bed.
Any medical assistance in the labour must be clearly explained to both Dylan and Robyn as well as myself before it is carried out. As previously stated, Dylan has authority to accept or reject medical intervention.
I fully intend to have a drug free labour and birth.
If I need to use drugs for pain relief I would like use Entonox (gas).
I do not want Pethidine or Morphine.
I do not want an epidural or spinal block.
I do not want a cannula inserted.
I do not consent to a membrane sweep or artificial rupture of the membranes.
During any vaginal exam, there must be no risk of the membranes being damaged.
I would like intermittent monitoring, with no electronic equipment to be left on.
I would not like to have an episiotomy.
I would like a natural third stage, with no assistance in the delivery of the placenta.
THIS MEANS NO SYNTOCINON INJECTION.
The baby should be put into my arms immediately. If I am unable to hold the baby, it is to be passed to Dylan.
I do not want the umbilicus cut or clamped off before the placenta has been delivered.
I want to breast feed the baby immediately, before the umbilicus is cut.
Dylan is to cut the umbilical cord after the placenta is delivered.
We request to keep the placenta in order to bury it in Maori tradition.
I would like my baby to be checked and assessed from my arms or Dylan’s arms. I do not want it to be separated unless medically necessary.
The baby is not to be removed from the birthing suite except in medical emergency. Dylan must accompany the baby if it is removed.
Our baby will not receive a dose of Vitamin K, either by injection or orally. My belief is with adequate time attached to the placenta combined with ingestion of colostrum, Vit K levels are normal. Babies are only low in comparison to adults.
The only exception to this is early removal of the umbilicus or assisted birth.
Nor will it receive the Hepatitis B shot.
Also mention if you want to use anything specific for relaxation (music, candles, bath, etc).
In the end, I had morphine but my MW asked me numerous times if I was sure.
The end of the birth didn't quite go to plan, as Ky wasn't breathing when she was delivered and the cord was very short. They kept her on the cord for 4 1/2 minutes trying manual stimulation before they cut the cord and took her to have oxygen. In the end she had Vit K because of this.
Always be prepared to deviate from your birth plan! Especially when it's your first, you really do go in having absolutely no idea what you're in for.