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Birth Plan Checklist

A birth plan is a useful tool to let the hospital staff know exactly what you would and would not like done during the birth of your baby. Here are some ideas to help you put one together.

Environment

Home
Private birthing room
Dim lights
Soft music
Peace and quiet
Wear my own clothes
Hospital gown
Videotape labor and birth
Take pictures during labor and birth
Private phone
Other amenities: VCR, stereo, flowers

Support People Present at Birth

Partner
Relatives
Friends
Siblings
Labor assistant/Doula
No excess hospital staff
Support people present at mother's discretion and according to hospital protocol

Preparation Procedures and Labor

Free to walk and move around
Eat and drink during labor
Clear fluids and ice chips available at all times
Prefer to avoid an enema or shaving
No IV unless necessary
If so, then heparin or saline lock IV
No unnecessary examinations and very minimal vaginal examinations

Monitoring

Fetoscope
Doppler
Intermittent external fetal monitoring
Intermittent internal fetal monitoring

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