Dr Lee has strongly suggested that I prepare a birth plan. This birth plan is a guide for my labor and delivery. Being the super organized person that I am I drew up a very long and comprehensive plan with very minute details. Extremely proud of my work, I showed it to Dr Lee expecting high praise for my effort. He read it, looked at me and said:
“You obviously put a lot of work in this. But the birth plan is a guideline. Since childbirth does not always go as planned, some of this birth plan may change. Here is a birth plan form, just fill out the blanks. Bring it back and Judy will send a copy to the hospital.”
Here is the information needed for a birth plan:
– Your name
– Your partner’s name.
– The name of your doctor or midwife: address and phone number.
– The name of the birthing center: address and phone number.
– The name of the person(s) who will be with you during labor and birth.
– Do you want to go home if you are not in active labor?
– Do you want the lights dimmed?
– Do you want music in the background?
– Do you want your partner to take photos or videos of the birth?
– Do you want to take a warm shower or bath?
– Do you prefer to drink clear fluids instead of having an IV?
– Do you want to walk around?
– Birthing position: semi-reclined on bed, lying on my side, birthing chair, birthing stool etc.
– Do you want to be coached on when to push?
– Which technique would you like to use for pain management: breathing techniques, massage, medicine or epidural.
– Recommend taking all possible steps to avoid episiotomy.
– Do you want your partner to cut the umbilical cord?
– Do you want to breast-feed as soon as possible?
– Do you want your baby in your room 24 hours a day?
This is the guideline that Dr Lee wants. Needless to say that I added a few more suggestions of my own on the blank space provided at the end.