Absolutely the most entertaining birth plan I have ever read.... - page 6

While I realize we ALL promote less intervention and everything that goes along with "natural" delivery, I just HAVE to share this birth plan. It arrived along with a smiling primip with ruptured... Read More

  1. by   rbytsdy
    I've read quite a few birth plans and this was hilarious!!! Definitely got a good laugh out of it.

    It's just sad that serious birth plans seem to be a ticket to the OR. I've never thought of a birth plan as strictly for the nurses though. I think it should be something for the provider. With my first baby, I asked my midwives about a birthplan and they said it wasn't needed b/c they "were my birth plan."

    I was fast-tracked into a c-section. If a woman wants a birth plan and their doctor or midwife is opposed to it, that should be a sign for them!

    The second time I had a birthplan with a list of bulletpoints - a "long" one for my new midwives and a short one for the hospital. I didn't expect the nurse to read and digest it as much as I wanted to remind my midwife, doula and dh of what I wanted. Maybe that's why it was successful and I didn't end up back in the OR? Who knows! At any rate, I did make bullet points for things that I wanted that might not be the "typical practice" in the hospital. I didn't want someone walking in every 5 minutes asking when I was going to get my epidural. I would ask for my myself if that's what I wanted, thank you! I didnt' want my nurse coaching my pushing with counting. I didn't have an epidural so I could feel the urge. I did consent to have my water broken after 36 hours of labor but that was about it for interventions. The homebirth thing is a good point though - unfortunately it's illegal for midwives to attend homebirth vbacs in my state and not all insurances will cover homebirths and/or CPMs (who are more likely to offer homebirth). I DID have a birth plan for a c-section also and a birthplan for a still birth or neonatal death as well. My old hospital took my first baby to the (regular) nursery while I was in recovery and I wanted the baby with me the second time. I did ask the hospital about that ahead of time and they just said to let them know.
  2. by   cherokeesummer
    Love it!
  3. by   missjennmb
    Quote from Gompers
    I actually LIKE that birthplan, LOL. It's much better than the ones where the mom wants absolutely NO interventions, to the point that you wonder why they didn't just have the kid at home themselves. You know, the moms who always end up in the OR for a section?
    Thanks, I did. :icon_roll Its sad when, in order to strive for a natural birth, a woman has to avoid a hospital all together.

    1 baby born in the hospital via unnecessary scheduled cesarean 14 years ago... 2 babies born at home without pain meds or complications 3 and 1 years ago.

    We should encourage women to educate themselves about the birth process, not hope they come in clueless and push them through the system. I thought the birth plan was amusing, but some of the responses really make me sad. I would kill to be able to work somewhere that natural birth was truly supported and promoted.
  4. by   CoffeeRTC
    LOL. I'd like to copy it for my next one but tweek it. My family isn't crazy and I want to breastfeed. I'm sure something like that would be a good read for the nurses!
  5. by   MIcrunchyRN
    Quote from scorpiostudent
    1 baby born in the hospital via unnecessary scheduled cesarean 14 years ago... 2 babies born at home without pain meds or complications 3 and 1 years ago.

    We should encourage women to educate themselves about the birth process, not hope they come in clueless and push them through the system. I thought the birth plan was amusing, but some of the responses really make me sad. I would kill to be able to work somewhere that natural birth was truly supported and promoted.
    Very well said.

    Why is it when women come in with a birth plan and want a natural birth many frown and says how much of a pain it is (less work really at least for the nurses .. haha not for the mom).

    But this kind of birth plan is viewed as comical. not saddened for the mom or the baby. Lets face it.. .CS is major surgery... carries huge risks as does epidurals, pitocin, AROM etc. All of which can have devastating outcomes. So if a mother wants the risks of herself or her baby being in greater harm its funny and great! But the ones who come in prepared wanting a natural birth because its better for themselves and their babies are views as the crazies? Hmmm something seems backwards here.

    Altho give it up for the mom for being an advocate for pain meds during a circ for her baby and being willing to forgo doing it...
  6. by   lamazeteacher
    I want to know how transition went for her! (realizing that I'm 2 years late getting in on this thread.........)
  7. by   lamazeteacher
    Quote from LPN1974
    Birth plans?
    I've never heard of such a thing. God, I wish they'd had em back in 1970.
    Things would have been alot different for me and my baby.
    We did have them, but classes weren't as prevalent in as many places as they are now. I started teaching Lamaze in 1966, in Los Angeles where someone who'd just moved there from NYC was teaching it. By 1968 there were about 20 instructors and students who practiced their techniques faithfully, as they wanted power over their birth and to show their doctor he/she didn't know everything.

    When I taught my last class, the students weren't interested in anything to do with empowerment or the information presented. Practicing techniques wasn't for them, as epidurals were the thing to have - early. The class was a way of meeting others and planning play groups, in the late '90s. Too much generation gap.

    I'm glad to read here that there's a resurgence of interest in birth plans - but without having information about the birth process they must be a "stitch". I sure loved reading the humorous one that started this thread, but being a serious person enmeshed in my "raison d'etre" (reason for being)........... I wish it was easier to deal with laboring women as it was "in the day....."
    Last edit by lamazeteacher on Jan 14, '09 : Reason: typos
  8. by   jmgrn65
    yes that was something, I loved it.

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