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Birth Plans

VBAC Birth Plan 

● Unmedicated as possible, with as few interventions as possible.  I don’t know what I will want for pain relief yet, but I prefer as  many natural options to be made available as possible.
● Use of water/shower for pain management.
● Unrestricted movement.
● Self­guided pushing. I’ve done this before, and pant­pushing  works best for me. I will NOT be doing the “hold my breath and  push as hard as possible” method.
● Upright or however I am comfortable for birth. NOT on my back. ● Minimal cervical checks.
● Minimal monitoring.

After Baby is born: 
● Skin to skin right away. If I can’t do it for whatever reason, put  him with his dad, he’s prepared for skin to skin as well.
● NO circumcision.
● Vitamin K is fine, but NO eye ointment. I’m disease­-free.
● If any supplementation is needed, I will express colostrum or  milk instead of using formula.
● Do not bathe, etc, till I can be there. I missed that experience  before and I do not want to miss out again.

Cesarean Birth Plan

● Family friendly as possible if not an emergency. 
● Please do not sedate me. I want to remember my child’s birth.
●Please use sutures or something else, instead of staples. I do not well with bits of metal stuck into my body for any reason. I don’t even  have pierced ears! 
●Skin to skin with me or his daddy as soon as possible, don’t “burrito”  him right away. ●Breastfeed as soon as possible. My husband knows how to hold a  baby to breastfeed if I am “out of it,” please allow him to do so if  needed. 
● Delayed cord clamping. 
● NO circumcision.
●Vitamin K is fine, but no eye ointment. I am disease­-free.
●If any supplementation is needed, I will express colostrum or milk. No formula.
●Do not bathe, etc, him before I am able to be a part of it. I missed  those things with my daughter and I want to be there this time.


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