This is my hospital birth plan, I handed it to the midwife on admission to the hospital. Had I been more prepared and gone into labour on time, I would have emailed it to my community midwife so that they had a copy before hand.
I hope it may be of use to someone else.
I am Autistic and would request that the minimum amount of people are in the room as much as possible during labour. I would politely request that no students are to be in the room during labour for this reason.
I have sensory needs and difficulties and for this reason I ask for people to remain as quiet as possible and communicate through my birth partner please. I also request that artificial lights are dim or off during labour but that natural light is available at all times.
My birth partner is my husband Will, he will be with me throughout the whole birth and we have written this birth plan together.
If their are any concerns regarding the progress of the birth or feel that intervention is needed at any point please can you speak with Will first rather than myself.
Please could you allow us some time alone to discuss any suggested interventions before they take place.
With regards to intervention in a NON EMERGENCY situation please can the following be discussed before anything is agreed to
Benefits – what are the benefits to going ahead with this decision?
Risks – What risks are associated with this decision or procedure?
Alternatives – What alternatives are available in this situation? What alternatives are there that might not be available here but might be available elsewhere?
Intuition – What does your gut tell you?
Next or Nothing – What comes next if we say yes? What if we say no and let things progress naturally?
If I require an assisted birth or an emergency procedure I would like Will to stay with me at all times.
I would like to remain upright and as active as possible for as long as possible. I would like to be on all fours for the actual birth and not squatting. I would like to lie down as little as possible.
I would like to try to avoid all pain relief for as long as possible. I would like to try and avoid gas and air too but I may change my mind about this. I would like to use the pool during the final stages of labour and not before.
SPEEDING UP LABOUR
I do not want any interventions to speed up labour, I would like to wait and see what happens naturally.
MONITORING HEART RATE
I would like intermittent monitoring with a hand held device.
I would like a natural third stage without drugs. I would also like delayed cord clamping and to be able to birth the placenta naturally.
SKIN TO SKIN/FEEDING
I would like baby to be placed directly on to my tummy straight after birth.
I will be breast feeding my baby and do not wish for them to have any formula at all.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read our birth plan
Lucy and Will