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"It's never to early to start creating your birth plan. If you have strong opinions start writing them down as soon as possible. Ask your medical provider when they'd like to have a copy and make sure you discuss it with them." -- SAMANTHABABYFIT - 9/12/2011 9:48:51 AM
"When would i need to start creating my birth plan?" -- KIMM250 - 9/11/2011 12:43:51 PM
"I am glad to know that I can actually choose all of this ahead of time. I did not have any of this information with either of my previous pregnancies. As it turns out the few comments I made during my second pregnancy were completely ignored. I think this will come in extremely handy for my third and final pregnancy. Thanks for having this available to those of us, who choose to use it." -- NWILKERSON20 - 4/25/2011 2:40:21 AM
"As long as it's within a typed page, the more detail the better. I think it's better to have everything in writing and have your doctor sign it, that way you can show everyone it is doctor approved if the doc isn't there. Even at a birthing center where a natural birth is expected, I will have a detailed birth plan because every birth is different, even natural ones, and in case of a transfer to the hospital." -- LRIGYLRUC - 9/1/2010 2:38:18 PM
"I agree keep the list short. However, For c-sections, postpartum: I'd add that you should decide with your partner where you want him to go. Into recovery with you or with the baby. It's a hard decision for him to make without your guidance (cause you know he'll get it wrong)." -- LISAPGEE - 4/3/2010 10:27:29 AM
"We had a detailed birth plan, and it was the nurses who disobeyed our birth plan. Our midwife was very aware of our desires, but the nurses never took the time to read our birth plan. Luckily, we had a doula too so our birth plan was not totally ignored, but there were things we wanted that we did not get; and, everyone knew we wanted a totally natural birth.
One point to truly emphasize with anyone entering your room is if you do NOT want your son circumcised. We chose to leave our son intact (for emotional and health reasons) and we had at least 4 people ask us if we wanted to circumcise. Since only 50% of boys are circumcised now I hope that hospital staff will continue to ask, and not just assume." -- JBUBS8 - 3/22/2010 3:08:20 PM
"I think the suggested list is fine.
I am a RN in a Hospital; and have never myself, nor come across a college that didn't read a patient's plan of care because it was too long.
If you're concerned about the list being too long, or overlooked; highlight the most important elements of it and , or prioritize; placing the most critical to you on top of the list.
Although I plan to have a natural childbirth; one never knows how the delivery is going to go; it is an excellent idea to have a plan B; in the event things don't go as you "initially planned"
Be prepared for anything. Best to go over your birth plan w/ your Dr. and, or Midwife prior to delivery. ( As well as your partner)" -- MARNIE0330 - 2/27/2009 10:00:34 PM
"I think that this is too long, if you are planning on using a birth plan it is best to keep it short having a huge list of preferences like this makes it more likely that your medical providers will not read all of it, they are after all very busy people. Use bullet points, list a few things, saying that you want a natural birth as possible eliminates about 1/3 of this birth plan, Most nurses and Doctors are aware about what most consider natural birth. If you want to be totally sure that you will only receive what it is you want in a birth experience, amend the general consent form to say that you will consent to each procedure as it comes up. This way you will know what it is they plan on doing next! I think that having a birth plan is a great Idea! Just keep it to the point! things like telling them you dont want your child to have a pacifier is something that you can do after the birth!
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