THE TOP 30 ELEMENTS OF A BIRTHING PLAN
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.
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.