|What sort of issues should the birth plan cover?
There are a huge number of issues that you will need to
consider for this birthing plan. You need to consider issues
such as how soon after labour commences you feel comfortable
going to the hospital, who you would like to accompany you,
and your feelings concerning intervention such as intravenous
drips and medication to speed up labour. You may have strong
opinions about pain relief. In addition, the conditions
in the birthing room may be important for you – lighting,
temperature, music, the ability to record the event, and
ideas about food and drink. You might wish the staff to
know that it is important for you to hold and feed the baby
immediately after birth, and that the administration, such
as weighing the baby, should be carried out after that.
The other issues which you should consider putting into
the birth plan are issues surrounding the care of your newborn.
If you are planning to breastfeed, for example, then you
may want to ask for a sign on the crib asking that your
baby is not given supplementary water. This avoids the possibility
of nipple confusion. You may have strong ideas about not
bathing the baby for the first day, so that the vernix (the
creamy covering over the baby at birth) can be absorbed,
or you might want the baby to bathed as soon as possible.
You might also want to make decisions about whether you
want the baby with you or if you think the baby should be
in the nursery, brought to only for feeds and a cuddle,
so that you can rest and recover before you go home.
Birthing plan - Reason
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