Weiss Family Birth Plan
Baptist Hospital East
We realize that birth offers up many surprises. We are willing to work with everyone, should this be the case. These are our preferences if everything is going smoothly. Thank you.
- Presence of family: Dad & doula present at all times. Children and their adult friends present at parents' discretion.
- Hydration/fluids: Drinking water and juice until no longer tolerated, then ice chips.
- Monitoring fetal heart: Intermittent, using ACOG standards.
- Pain relief: Please do not offer us medications, we will ask if they are needed.
- Position: Squatting, or if that doesn't work, hands and knees. If neither of those two work, try whatever.
- Expulsion techniques: Spontaneous bearing down with contractions. Please no screaming.
- Bed for birth: Prefer foot pedals to stirrups
- Draping: Undraped, mother touches baby during birth, if so desired.
- Care of perineum: Try for intact perineum with massage, support, and hot compresses.
- Handling of baby: Mother gets to hold baby immediately. Suctioning done
while baby is in mother's arms.
- Delivery of placenta: Spontaneous or encouraged with breast feeding. No routine pitocin.
- Cord cutting: Clamp and cut after it stops pulsating. Father or children cuts cord.
- Discharge of mother and baby: As soon as possible.
- Warmth: Baby skin-to-skin with mother, with blanket covering both.
- First feedings: Breast feeding on demand, no supplements or pacifiers.
- Contact with baby: 24-hour rooming in. No mandatory nursery stays.
- Partner's presence: Father and doula present.
- Anesthesia: Prefer spinal with no pre op sedation.
- Participation: Screen lowered at time of delivery or a mirror.
- Contact with baby: Held by father immediately after birth, where mother can touch and see. Breast feeding as soon as possible.