Birth Plans

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Sam - April 20

I have come across conflicting opinions on just how detailed your birth plan should be. My mother works at a hospital that does not accept birth plans. An RN friend of mine said they should be as brief as possible and should be limited to logical, cause related subjects.(example: There should be no latex in the birthing room or used by anyone attending me because I am allergic.) My doula has attended 10 births this year alone and she says they should be as long and complicated as you feel they should be. She has attended births in hospitals and has taken the roll of enforcing the birth plan so the doctors don't have to worry about it. My doctor rolled his eyes and said, "Just what kind of things are we talking about here?" When I told him, he said, "You won't care when you're giving birth." But I though that was the point.?? You create a birth plan before you go into labor so things go as you planned without your constant involvement. I have a very strong belief system that dictates how I feel the labor should go. Any comments? I need all the info I can get.


Lynn - April 20

How set are you on your doctor? I think I would have a problem with my doc rollign his eyes at me & making that sort of comment. Put everything in your birth plan that you want to have some control over or want doen a certain way. This is your baby, not theirs. You don't even have to get an IV if you don't want one. If you want to b___stfeed immediately following delivery, that's your right. Many people do not realize that they have the right ro refuse anything that the hospital wants to do.. even if you don't want your child to get the hep b immunization after birth, you CAN refuse that. Let your doctor know that you want to be an active participant in your medical care 7 that is why you want a birth plan.


Sam - April 20

I'm seriously thinking about giving my doctor a pink slip. So you think I should write a birth paln that is as long and involved as I want it to be? I feel like thats the best way.


Wibble - April 20

I'm not sure whether to bother with a birth plan at all. I've heard of so many women that made a detailed plan but had it thrown out the window, because their labor didn't go as they expected. Is it worth it? I really don't know.


Maleficent - April 21

i think it's worth it. i didn't have one with my first and things felt so out of controll and scary. with my second i didn't write one up but DH and i were very vocal about what happened. this time i'm going the birth plan route but not nessisarily for the labor portion, it will be more about what will go on with the baby once it's born. they move so fast with the baby that unless you are RIGHT in their face they just go about the routine. and there are things they consider "routine" that i concider unnessisary.


Maleficent... from Lynn - April 21

So what IS the routine right after the baby is born? I have yet to find any book or anything that will give it to you straight. Most people just say, oh they do the Apgar test, clean the baby up, weigh him & measure him that sort of thing... What else do they do that you consider unnecessary?


Public Health - April 21

I work for the health department in my state and the baby is only supposed to get an actual BIRTH dose of Hep B (as well as HBIG, which is Hepat_tis B ImmunoGlobulin) when the mother is Hep B positive--and that's to prevent chronic Hep B carrier status for the rest of the baby's life. If the mother is NOT Hep B positive, the baby can/should receive the vaccine anytime up to 2 months of age, so unless you have Hepat_tis B, there's no need for your baby to immediately get the Hep B shot at birth. If you ARE Hepat_tis B positive, then PLEASE, PLEASE allow your baby to get both the vaccine and the HBIG--it reduces the chances of the baby becoming a Hep B carrier SO much. It's really worth it to do that for your child.


Heidi - April 21

Wow, I have no idea what you guys are talking about. I just a__sume I'll go into labor and they take care of the rest!!!! Gees! Will they start asking me what I want when I'm further along? I'm having a midwife delivery. I know we have one of the best birthing hospitals in the area and you can even have the water births. I hope my midwife goes over some of this with me!


cll - April 21

You can make your birth plan as detailed as you want. BUT keep in mind that you have to be flexible with it. The most important thing is getting that baby into the world safely, and if that means changing your ideas a little bit, so be it! We had a birth plan and NOTHING went accordingly, but I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy who is now nearly 2. Just don't be so set that you lose sight of the importance of delivering a healthy baby by whatever means necessary.


Carol - April 21

exaclty how do you write up a birth plan? And who do you give it to? Is there a standard format or something? do you just write it up on a piece of paper? I am so confused , but want to be as prepared as possible as there are things that I refuse to have - such as a forceps or vacuum delivery


b___b - April 21

Bring a birth plan but it probably isn't going to go like you think it is going to. everyone always says I am not going to do this or that but they usually do something they say they won't. Sometimes you have to do things because of the baby. So make a plan but plan on it not being completely accurate.


Jenn... - April 21

I think it is important to have a birth plan. There really isn't time to explain to everyone attending to you what you prefer. If you bring in a written plan, most birthing centers will attach it to your chart so everyone can see it. It is also very important for this birth plan to be flexible, because you never know what turn of events might take place. Use phrases like "I prefer..." or "As long as everything is moving along smoothly..." etc.


Sam - April 21

Most of my concerns revolve around the bigger things. (I dont care what kind of room I'm in....)I do not believe in inducing because the child is "too big." I do not believe doctors should tell me when to push. I do not believe in having students or residents do internal exams. Things like these can be stretched and modified to compensate for emergency situations. However, there are some things that i will not, under any circ_mstances, bend on. For instance, my husband will be at my side at all times, period. As long as there isn't an emergency, any tests or vaccinations given to my child will be done under mine and my husbands supervision and the child will not be taken out of the room. The last two are religiously based so it's not like I'm just being neurotic. I feel like my doctor is not giving my beliefs enough credit. Do you all think i should sc___p this doc and get a new one?



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