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Labor Delivery Plan

Your Labor and Delivery Plan

Detailed planning helps the doctor and reduces your anxiety about the birth of your child, even though unexpected situations may change your plans. Be sure to share your plan with the nurse during the early part of labor so she can establish the best possible environment for you and those who will attend the birth.

At the Women and Infants Center at Fremont, you will be given the most advanced care available in maternity services. Most deliveries are without complications, but in the rare situation in which a problem occurs, enhanced care is available.

Share this information with your doctors and/or nurse midwife, the nursing staff and your support people to communicate your ideas and philosophy

Your Birth Plan: Things to Think About as You Plan the Birth of Your Baby

During my pregnancy, I will talk to my partner about the following:

  • Whether my partner feels comfortable about going into the Cesarean birth suite with me, if a Cesarean is needed

During my pregnancy, I will talk to my doctor/midwife about the following:

  • Positions for pushing and delivering my baby, and what will work best for me
  • Ways to start or restart labor, such as breast stimulation, artificial breaking of membranes and Oxytocin/Pitocin
  • Assisted birth devices, such as forceps and vacuum extraction
  • Opinions on circumcision of boy babies
  • Opinions on breastfeeding versus bottle
  • Opinions on immunizations and antibiotics
  • Episiotomy Vs Tearing
I would like the following people
present during my labor and/or birth:

( You are allowed a total of 4 visitors during labor and/or birth)

Partner  

Friend(s)  

Relative(s)  

Children  

Labor

I would like the option of returning home if I’m not in active labor

Once I am admitted, I’d like:

To bring music

To keep the lights in the room kept low

To take photos

Filming during labor and delivery (filming is allowed without tri-pod and prior consent from FMC must be had)

To walk and change positions at will throughout labor

I request that:

My partner be allowed to stay with me at all times

To wear my contact lenses, as long as I don’t need a c-section

To stay hydrated by drinking clear fluids

To have a heparin or saline lock

To walk and move around as I choose

The role of my labor support person is the following:

I do not have an identified labor support person

My labor support person will be there to provide emotional support and physical comfort measures

My support person will be actively involved during my labor

DELIVERY AND RECOVERY
When it’s time to push, I’d like to:

Do so instinctively

Be coached on when to push

Use the squatting bar during pushing

A mirror to see the baby’s head crown

Touch my baby’s head when it crowns

No episiotomy unless it is necessary to promote the well being of my baby

If it looks as though my perineum may tear, I would prefer an episiotomy

After the birth of my baby, and if the baby is okay I would like:

To hold my baby right away, putting off any procedures that are not urgent

To breastfeed as soon as possible

My partner to cut the umbilical cord

Cesarean Birth If I need a Cesarean birth,
and it is not an urgent situation:

I prefer to be awake and have regional anesthesia (spinal or epidural)

If the baby is not in distress:

The baby given to my partner as soon as baby is dried (if in good health)

To breastfeed baby in recovery room

If I have a boy:

I am planning to have him circumcised

I’d like him circumcised at the hospital

I’ll have him circumcised later

I don’t want him circumcised

Feedings:

I will breastfeed my baby

I will combine breastfeeding and formula

I will formula feed by baby

I would like my baby fed:

On demand

On a schedule

The following can be offered to the baby:

Formula

Sugar water

Pacifier

Please don’t offer anything to my baby

I would like:

24 hour rooming in with my baby

Visitors:

I’d like my other child(ren) brought in to see me and meet the new baby as soon as possible

I would like to limit our visitors so we have time to bond, rest and learn

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