PLAN Birth: Your Options

If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.

Corte & Scaer

Remember, your birth plan has to be your choice. These are just ideas to get you thinking about what you want!

  • Cord to be clamped and cut only after pulsation has ceased
  • Baby brought to breast to assist placental delivery
  • Allow vernix to be absorbed into skin, delay cleaning and rubbing and use soft cloth
  • I don’t want any pain medications
  • Labor in tub or shower
  • To remain in tub for water birthing
  • During labor, touch irritates me, please don’t!
  • If baby’s sex is unknown, let father announce it to the mother
  • That a male baby not be circumcised/circumcised
  • Have a nurse/assistant who is partial to natural birthing
  • Breastfeed in the first hour after birth
  • In the event of a cesarean birth, father/birth companion will have immediate contact and bring baby to mom for eye contact
  • Father/Birth companion touching baby constantly & give baby first bath
  • Remain at home for as long as possible
  • To use natural stimulation to accelerate labor
  • Natural tear rather than an episiotomy
  • Father/Birth companion will cut the cord
  • Father and baby stay with mother throughout hospital stay
  • To use natural means of inducement first
  • To change positions or use labor position of choice
  • To use birth position of choice
  • To have other children present shortly after birth
  • Mom has immediate eye contact right after birth
  • To drink fluid and decline routine IV
  • Please use language I’ll understand
  • I don’t want to use pain medications but if I signal, let me use them
  • Please use touch/other methods to help me relax
  • Have all phone calls relayed to our room
  • No phone calls relayed to room
  • Immediate skin to skin contact with baby placed on mom’s stomach or lower chest
  • Complete birthing before suctioning baby’s nose and throat
  • Normal voices please! Whispers make me nervous.
  • Baby to remain with mother or father/birth companion at all times
  • Father touch baby immediately after birth
  • Hushed, quiet tones in room
  • If inducement is necessary, I request that drugs be removed when I am progressing
  • To be able to use hot and cold compresses
  • Subdued lighting in room
  • Nutritional snacking if labor is prolonged or I need energy
  • I need encouragement! Please use lots of praise!
  • Breastfeeding only
  • Only necessary hospital staff please
  • To have intermittent monitoring on baby’s heart
  • No artificial induction
  • Minimal number of vaginal exams and please ask permission
  • To have my permission before the introduction of ANY medical procedure. (Augmentation, Stripping membranes etc)
  • Option to play music or anything else that helps me relax
  • No staff directed pushing please; I want to push on my own
  • Please do NOT ask me how much pain I’m in
  • Please refrain from using words like hurt, pain or in the case of a VBAC or special circumstances too small, not enough energy, failure to progress, slow labor, long labor, move things along,“she can’t”- (I CAN!)
  • Supplement formula with breastfeeding
  • Delay use of ointment in baby’s eyes to allow optimal sight for bonding
  • No cord traction, manual removal, or use of Pitocin for removal of placenta
  • If I ask for pain medication, please remind me that I don’t want them
  • To be free of blood pressure cuff between readings
  • Bright lights temporarily removed at moment of birth
  • To have the following people present at my birth: husband, children, relative, labor support person, other birthing companion
  • If a cesarean birth is necessary I would like these people present (choose in order of importance) husband, doula, relative, labor support person, other birthing companion
  • In the horrible situation of a serious malformation or the death of my baby I want to (choose): hold baby, take pictures, grieve alone with family, person of choice to bathe and dress baby, have as much time as I need with my baby
  • During a contraction please don’t talk to me, poke me, check my cervix, my pulse, or my baby’s heart beat
  • Don’t involve me in trivial conversations, I want to focus
  • To choose wheelchair assistance or walk to my room
  • To have little or no monitoring of my contractions
  • I do not want to breastfeed
  • Have birth companion or mom receive the baby
  • To have footprints made in baby’s birth book
  • No wrapping of my baby (skin to skin contact)
  • I don’t want to be in pain. I’ll use whatever medications are suggested.
  • We choose to opt out of immunizations at this point
  • To take pictures or video of my birth
  • To wear my own clothes instead of a hospital gown

These are all suggestions to aid you in having the birth you desire. If you have another option that you’d like to see, contact me and I’ll put it up there!