We are meeting on Sunday with our doula to go over our birth preferences for our hospital birth.
here's what i've got so far... feedback?
Our ideal plan is to have a natural, med-free childbirth without any interventions. However, our baby?s health and well-being are of PRIMARY importance to us. Therefore, we are aware that complications can arise are we are very willing to discuss any interventions that our health care provider determines to be necessary.
Preparation - If an IV line becomes necessary, we would prefer a saline lock to be placed in the mother?s forearm (for maximum mobility), if possible.
Monitoring - If there is no sign of fetal distress, we would prefer intermittent fetal monitoring with a portable monitor. The mother would prefer the freedom to walk around and change positions as much as possible.
Pain Control - We plan to handle pain with relaxation, massage, and water. Please do not offer chemical pain relief of any kind. We know to ask for it if we change our mind.
Environment - We have prepared for a med-free birth using the Hypnobirthing method. For that reason we ask that the lights be kept dim, noise be avoided and the door closed for privacy. We will bring our own music, and the mother would like to wear her own clothes during the birth. Please refrain from asking the mother any questions during contractions, so that she may fully concentrate on her relaxation techniques.
Equipment - We would like the following equipment available to us in the birthing room: Birthing ball, Birthing chair/stool, Jacuzzi tub, squat bar/kneeler
First Stage of Labor - We plan to labor at home (with the help of our doula) during the first stage of labor. We prefer for labor not to be chemically augmented in anyway. If augmentation is deemed medically necessary, we would like the opportunity to discuss the options with our care provider and doula before any medications are administered.
Second Stage of Labor (Pushing) - I would prefer not to push lying down and would like to try different positions during pushing, including use of the squat bar and/or birth stool. I would like to wait to push until I feel the urge, even if I am fully dilated. I would like to push at my own pace, without counting/coaching from hospital staff. I would like to be able to touch the baby?s head when he crowns and to pull my baby onto my chest as he is born. I would like a mirror present during pushing.
After Birth - We wish to nurse our son immediately. We ask that any evaluations be done while the mother is holding him, or delayed for 45 minutes so that mother/baby have had a chance to bond skin-to-skin. We also ask that the cord not be cut until it stops pulsing. We ask that we be given the option to see the placenta before it is discarded.
Special Circumstances - If Cesarean becomes necessary, the mother would like to be conscious, the father would like to be present at all times and we still prefer for our son to be nursed immediately, and for all evaluations to be done in the presence of the parents.