C-Section Birth Plan
From trial and error, here is the birth plan I used for my 4th. c-section. Items in blue are things I did not include with my last birth plan but would like to try in the future, (should we someday be blessed with a 5th. child). Everything else on this plan was a go with my doctor and hospital last time. *Anything underlined in purple can be clicked to take you to more information on that subject.**When you create your own birth plan, make sure you check with your hospital and provider as their policies may differ.
During Surgery*Catheter put in AFTER spinal (this is standard procedure at many hospitals)
*Volume down on heart monitor beeping
*Husband will photograph c-section
*One of the staff members from my dr.'s office will video tape Baby's birth
*I'm allergic to (x drug). Please make sure I am not given this drug.
*Warm blankets during surgery
*No sedatives after birth. I want to remember my Baby's first day of life.
*Please reinforce my uterus and use dissolvable stitches for closing me up
*Please hold baby up for me to see as soon as Baby's born
*Husband to announce Baby's gender (or maybe not announce gender at all and allow me to see for myself)
*Keep cord long for Hubby to cut
*No Eye Gel, No Hep. B vaccine. I will sign the waiver ahead of time.
*Please bring Baby close to me during measuring & weighing.
*If Baby is doing well medically, please bring Baby to me as soon as she is suctioned, weighed, and measured. Please do not worry about cleaning her up much before bringing her to me.*I would like to hold Baby while Baby is being foot printed, getting bracelets on, and while the paperwork is being filled out.
*Once back in our room to recover and been checked as stable, we would like to be alone with Baby to nurse.
*We would like to keep Baby with us at all times. If Baby must go to NICU due to medical reasons, my Husband will follow.
*If someone arrives to visit, please check with my husband or I as to whether we are up for company before allowing them in our room.
*Delay Baby's bath until the evening after Baby is born rather than bathing Baby right after birth. I had something similar to this on my 4th. birth plan, but the nurse still fought me on it. It had nothing to do with my baby's need to be bathed, it was due to her wanting to teach a student with her how to do the bathing. I refused, yet she continued to come in with the student and pressure me. I finally gave in after a few hours because I was tired of the guilt-trips the nurse was giving me.
*I am willing to be up and walking as soon as possible so I can get leg compressors off sooner
*I would like my Catheter out early the morning after surgery
*Baby will sleep with me in the hospital bed. While I am sleeping, there will be another adult in the room with Baby and I.
*I will be nursing on demand and whenever Baby is fussy to help stimulate my milk to come in and to soothe Baby.
*If the baby is a boy, ask us before setting a time for the circumcision. We may decide to wait an extra day or more before the procedure. If you decide to have your baby circumcised, make sure you discuss details, such as pain prevention and relief, and whether parents are allowed to stay with Baby during procedure ahead of time with your pediatrician.
*Why a Birth Plan is Important if You Have a C-Section
*Tips for Bringing Children to Visit Their New Sibling at the Hospital
*Tips for a Great C-Section Recovery