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Why is This Plan Like This?

This is a sample birth plan. If you would like to use it you are very welcome! Please see the article linked above to understand why this plan is the way it is, and don't forget to read up on the wonderful links at the bottom of the plan so that you're fully informed!

Birth Plan

Thank you for taking the time to read our birth plan. You will notice it is quite short and specific because we understand that you are caring for other women as well. But for the most exceptional circumstances our plan is non-negotiable. We appreciate your efforts in facilitating the birth of our baby and anticipate many happy memories from the time we spent in your care.

No vaginal exams.
No continuous foetal monitoring.
No augmentation.
No IV line
My husband / partner or I will catch our baby. The baby will go directly on my chest.
We will not cut the cord.
I will have a natural third stage (we plan on leaving the hospital with our placenta - this is very important to us)
Observations of the baby will be done quietly without disturbance.
We will ask you to help us weigh our baby when we are ready.
No vaccinations.
Our baby will be exclusively breastfed. We would appreciate support with establishing this.

Although this plan is very specific we are fully informed of the potential variables. Should any unforeseen circumstances arise we have a well researched birth plan that we will discuss as necessary. We have not included this information here as we expect a normal, straightforward birth and see no need for you to do unnecessary reading. Thank you very much for assisting us as we welcome our new baby. We fully appreciate your hard work.

Here is some further reading for women who are writing their own plan about the specifics of the plan shown here.

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Why refuse vaginal exams?

The Myth of a Vaginal Exam

The Pre-Labour Cervix is not a Magic 8 Ball

Avoiding Failure to Progress

Why Refuse Continuous Monitoring?

A Bridge Too Far

Evidence Based Monitoring

Why Refuse Induction or Augmentation?

The Surprising Lack of Evidence For Post Date Induction

Induction of Labour - Balancing The Risks

What is the Evidence for Augmentation of Labour

Adverse Events Following Misoprostol Induction of Labor

21 Scary Reasons to say NO to Pitocin

Why refuse an IV line?

What is the Evidence for IV Fluids During Labour

Why Refuse Episiotomy?

My Birth - Episiotomy

The Risks and benefits of Episiotomy

Cutting vs Tearing

Why refuse cord clamping?

Penny Simpkin on Delayed Cord Cutting

Cord Blood Collection - Is it Beneficial?

Why Delay Newborn Testing and Vaccination

The Crucial First Hour After Birth

The Magical Hour
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