Do you have a birthplan? I got asked that a lot. There are so many things to think about when it comes to a birth plan  I created a list of points that are a good starting point for having conversations with your doctor and partner about what is the best birth plan for you and your family. 

Prior to Delivery:

  • If you go past your due date, do you want to consider an induction?
  • Would you be open to an induction starting at 39 weeks?
    • For both of these options, great to talk to your doctor about their practice and poliic

Delivery:

  • Do you want an epidural? (I opted for an epidural catheter to placed as soon as possible. I could always decide to turn on and off the medications via the epidural as I see fit.)
  • Do you want IV fluids?
  • Do you want to be given pitocin during labor to help with contractions?
  • Do you want husband to assist in catching the baby?
  • Do you want to feel the baby’s head as you are pushing?
  • Do you want husband to help cut the umbilical cord?
  • Do you want to keep the placenta?

Baby:

  • Do you want the baby to be placed on Mom’s chest right after birth?
  • Do you want newborn procedures (vitamin K shot and antibiotic eye ointment) while baby on mom?
  • Do you want your baby to get a bath right after birth in the hospital or to wait until you are ready?

Post Delivery:

  • Will you be exclusively breastfeeding?
  • Do you want to consider formula at any point during the hospital stay?
  • Do you want to speak to a lactation consultant? (I recommend you do this asap if you are going to exclusively breastfeed). 
  • Does your pediatrician visit the hospital? If so, make sure to have them called by your nurse so they can come visit you in the hospital.