I find that writing a transport birth plan for a hospital birth was much easier than writing a planned-hospital-birth birth plan, simply because I know that if we end up in-hospital, I will most likely need any suggested interventions. Much simpler!
So here goes (with names/numbers obscured for privacy purposes) ......
Homebirth Birth Plan:
- All coaching is welcome. I could really use it!
- I’m really interested in the red line phenomenon, so if anyone has time, see if it occurs or snap a picture
- I’m really interested in the physiology of birth, so whenever I’m lucid I’d love to know what’s going on.
- BUT please do NOT tell me my dilation unless (1) I really need to know (i.e. it’s an emergency situation), or (2) It’s super encouraging, i.e. “complete.”
- If and when anyone has free time, I would LOVE all of the pictures/video footage that can be taken (of anything and everything).
- I would love a waterbirth, if at all possible.
- Hubby would love to catch, if possible (that is, if I let him!).
- We’d love to have our son around for as much of the birth as he’s capable of handling.
- Delayed cord clamping, please!
- Please, no cord traction unless really necessary!
- Last time I had horrible afterpains, so I would like to take some Advil/Ibuprofen as soon as the cord is cut to try to get a jump-start on preventing them. (If I forget to put Advil in the birth kit, it is in the master-bath over-sink cupboard.)
- The current plan is for placentophagy, both immediate and delayed (encapsulated). Remind me if I forget.
In Case of Transport: Hospital Birth Plan
- Parents: -------- & ---------
- To our hospital caregivers: Thank you for taking care of us!
- Our midwives are ----------- and ------------ of [Midwifery Business X] (000-000-0000). We ask that at least one of them be able to stay with us at all times.
- Depending on the reason for transport, we know that medical intervention to some degree will be necessary; however, we’d love to keep our birth as natural as possible (based on the circumstances)
- Please, no Cytotec for any reason
- If I need a non-emergency cesarean, remind me that I should consider a tubal ligation at that time
- For Baby: Please, no Hep B shot, eye ointment, formula or vitamin K (except in case of a physically traumatic birth). Please make sure in case of mother-baby separation that [hubby] stays with the baby.
- In a life-and-death emergency, please always prioritize the baby’s life over D’s
- If at all possible, we would like to take our placenta home with us.
- Thank you for your kindness, support, and care!