If they use a birthplan, take a CONDENSED version to the hospital. I tell my clients: the nurses would like to know what you'd like, but they really don't have time to read a 10 page detailed plan, introducing in great detail who will be there (for example: my second cousin on my mother's side, Rachel will be there. However, we are just coming off a big fight after her surprise birthday party did not go well so I don't know if she'll be there blah blah blah), or any other nonpertinent information. :balloons:
I second this!!! And don't call it a birth "plan", keep it like a "wish list" or "birth desires". Anything more than one page is not read, I've experienced.
Some facilities still whisk the baby away to the nursery. You might emphasize certain desires if you know they are not common practice at the hospital she is birthing at.
At Christmas time I saw a family who had one very complicated 7 page birth plan that described exactly how, and where, the infant was to be resucitated if the need arose. No lie! The mom wanted the baby placed on the overbed table over her abdomen and the nurses were to do bag and mask/CPR/ meds/ etc. where she could see... and the cord COULD NOT be clamped under any circumstances until it stopped pulsating.
Fortunately (for me) this was a patient who was going to be delivered by the doctors. I directed her to the Neonatology Dept.
She had an uneventful birth thank goodness!