The purpose of this blog is to share our experience as a little American family living in Beirut. I save work and ministry stories for our newsletters. I upload bajillions of pictures of our girls on facebook. But the blog is mostly for my thoughts and experiences related to life in Lebanon.
This is one of those posts that’s not for everyone. About once a week I get a blog hit from someone googling “delivery wishes.” I always wonder when I see that what exactly they were looking for and if they found it on my blog.
So I thought I’d share my birth plan that I gave to my doctor before Ruby’s birth. Obviously a birth plan is a very personal thing – very specific to each individual woman and pregnancy. But I found it really helpful in writing mine to read over what others had written, so I’ll throw mine out there as well for anyone who is trying to figure out what is important to them in their birth experience.
Last chance for those of you who just want to read about silly language mistakes to bail! :)
First of all, keep in mind that this birth plan is for a VBAC in Beirut, Lebanon. There are several points on here that I’m sure my American readers will think are silly to include because they are things taken for granted in the States. If you want to know more about the reasons I came up with this plan, you can read about it in the post Delivery wishes that I wrote leading up to Ruby’s birth.
So, here is what we gave to my doctor:
– Freedom to move, walk, change positions as I feel comfortable
– No IV, only hep-lock in case of emergency
– Limited cervical checks
– No epidural, other meds unless I ask for them
– Fetal monitoring?*
– Would like to push when I feel the urge, not just because I hit 10cm
– Freedom to choose various pushing positions (not just on my back)
– Prefer natural tear to routine episiotomy, but prefer episiotomy to vacuum or forcep delivery
– Immediate skin to skin
– Delay cord clamping until it stops pulsing
– Would like to initiate breastfeeding ASAP
– No glucose, formula or pacifiers
– Husband will remain with baby at all times
* The fetal monitoring was something I was unsure about. The problem with the fetal monitor is that it limits your movement. Initially my doctor said that she’d monitor the baby periodically and while I was attached to the monitor I would have to be in bed, which I was really hoping to avoid. When I arrived at the hospital, I was already at 10cm, and my doctor wanted me hooked up right away, but there was enough length on the cord that I could move around as much as I needed, as long as I stayed close to the bed, which was just fine because I was pushing, not walking around trying to deal with contractions at that point.
So, that was my birth plan. I hope it’s helpful to someone out there! Happy to answer any questions or clarify anything if that helps. If you are interested in reading how it all went, you can find that post here.
And now back to our regularly scheduled program. :)