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THE TOP 30 ELEMENTS OF A BIRTHING PLAN

 

INTRODUCTION

Element #1: Name of mother to be and partner

Element #2: Due date

Element #3: Name of health care provider: Doula, midwife, doctor etc

Element #4: Health conditions like allergies, high blood pressure, diabetes, blood type if you know it

Element #5: Particular conditions: religious beliefs, the partner cannot attend, phobias, a trauma in the past etc

Element #6: Emergency contact.

DURING LABOUR:

Element #7:Preferences for fetal monitoring

Element #8: Preferences for artificial rupture of membranes

Element #9: Preferences as to who will attend (family, medical students, Doula, etc

Element #10: Preferences for eating, drinking, ice chips, etc

Element #11: Preferences for clothing: hospital gown or own clothes

Element #12: Preferences towards pain management: massages, baths, walking, hypnosis, epidural, pain killers etc

 

 

 

Element #13: Preferences for picture taking

Element #14: Preferences towards routine procedures: shaving? enemas?

Element #15: Preferences towards routine i.v.

Element #16: Preferences towards induction and possibility to go beyond due date

Element #17: Preferences to follow or not Freedman’s curve- i.e. let labour progress if mother and baby are fine even if labour is slow, the possibility to go back home if false labour or latent phase

DURING THE BIRTH

Element #18: Preferences for pushing position and birthing position

Element #19: Preferences towards routine episiotomy vs perineal massages

Element #20: Preferences towards using mirror to see the baby’s head during pushing or touch it.

Element #21: Possibility for mother and partner to grab the baby once the shoulders are out

Element #22: Preferences if the pushing is prolonged beyond average

 

 

 

 

AFTER THE BIRTH

Element #23: Preferences towards cord clamping delays. stem cells collection/ donation

Element #24: Preferences towards who will cut the cord

Element #25: Preferences towards doing skin to skin with baby

Element #26: Preferences towards breastfeeding or not

Element #27: Preferences towards rooming-in with baby and partner

Element #28: Preferences towards routine baby care/ tests/ procedures

IN CASE OF COMPLICATION/ CESAREAN

Element #29:Preferences of anaesthesia

Element #30: Preferences in decision making/ communication

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Nathalie Fiset, M.D., C.H.