I was hesitant about sharing my birth plan with you guys as we all have different opinions and views on this subject but for those who are looking for a natural birth with the less interventions possible, I have made all the researches possible and created this birth plan for my midwives. I have to say I didn’t have a birth in a hospital but in a birth center. My midwives agreed with all of those points, so it really made it easier as I had their support as well. It was overall one of the most beautiful experiences of my life.
I printed my birth plan twice and gave one of the midwives and one was kept in the room with me.
I hope this is helpful and that inspires you and guides you through a more natural delivery. Feel free to only take the points that are aligned with you.
So here it is!
We understand that birth is unpredictable, and that emergencies arise. These are our preference for a normal birth. If complications arise, we request the least invasive treatment possible and informed consent before interventions.
We strongly desire to have a natural, vaginal birth. In the event that a cesarean is medically necessary, we request that only spinal anesthesia is given, that the baby remains with parents at all time, and that as many of the below items are still honored.
(Signed mom & dad)
- Labor at home as long as possible
- No breaking of water
- No artificial labor augmentation (no Pitocin; no rupture of membrane)
- No pain medication – natural pain relief only (birthing ball, shower, massage, hydration, heat, …)
- All interventions must be asked and explained
- Vaginal exams only upon consent and as few as possible
- If IV is deemed necessary, please use a heparin lock
- Freedom to move, eat and drink as needed
- Lights dimmed
- No internal fetal monitoring, unless emergency arises
- Quiet room, no excess staff and as few interruptions as possible
- Mother chooses when to push
- Allow to try different positions
- No episiotomy
- No vaccum extractor or forceps. If absolutely necessary, use suction instead of forceps
- Delayed cord cutting (until the cord has stopped pulsating)
- Cord to be cut by father, after pulsing stops
- Place naked baby on mother’s chest right after birth for breastfeeding
- Placenta to be delivered naturally and saved for encapsulation
- No Pitocin, cord traction or manual removal of the placenta
- If stitching is necessary, please use local anesthetic
- No post-delivery medication, laxative or stool softener
- Newborn to stay with parents at all times; no nursery visits
- Delay all routine exams for bonding time
- APGAR done on mother
- If warming is needed, baby is to be place naked on mother’s chest with blankets
- Breastfeeding only: no bottles, pacifiers, formula, sugar water or water
- No bath, please
- No hat, unless necessary
- No vitamin K shot, hepatitis b vaccine, eye ointment or any other medication