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Old 02-06-2013, 06:01 PM   #11
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Old 02-08-2013, 06:51 AM   #12
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Re: Am I missing anything with this "birth plan"?

I think for your OB this is a great plan--she/he will know what you want & how important it is, BUT, for the hospital staff, I think it needs a major edit.

My hospital (2 c/s) said that a bulleted list, with SHORT concise goals is the best/easiest for them to follow.

I'd also add in if you want to be covered/draped (I was stark naked for my first c/s!) and if you want to watch the baby come out.

Here is how I would change it---I did add some slight changes in the wording too.

Prior to C-section and during:

Experienced ultrasound technicians only (no students)
Delayed cord clamping
Experienced nurse accessing port only (no students)
Blood pressure cuff on port side (one free arm)
Want to see & touch my son immediately after birth (before toweling off/going to nurse’s station)

Post partum and in hospital:

I will provide my own food.
PET scan by Dr. N before discharge

Baby and Child care (NICU):

No eye drops/ointment
Notification PRIOR to procedures that change baby’s appearance (UA line/intubation)
IV/Blood draws are okay & do not require notification
No bath-we will do the first bath
Bonding with family/sibling as soon as possible
Breast milk only, no pacifier

Baby and child care (Well baby):

No eye drops/ointment
Bonding with family/sibling as soon as possible
Rooming in, no nursery stay
No bath-we will do the first bath
Breast milk only, no pacifier
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Old 02-08-2013, 09:03 AM   #13
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Re: Am I missing anything with this "birth plan"?

Thank you for the bullet points but I have 2 questions.

I don't mind the pacifier being used in the NICU. I figure it just one of those things that I have to deal with in the NICU, and I had a micro-preemie that was bothered by older babies screaming in there. I would rather my child not stress out a more ill child. Would that be confusing to have it allowed in one spot but not in well baby?

Also I know that the baby will likely have to go to the nursery in well baby for my PET scan. I could likely have them in the same room for a short time but when I do the actual scan I assume they wouldn't let them even be with dad alone for security reasons. The scan normally last about 30-45 minutes.

The stark naked thing I don't need to worry about. This will be my third c-section there and I never dealt with that.

Oh and the experienced nurse for the port is because not all RN's deal with ports. Certainly not typical OB nurses. So I need an oncologist nurse to access the port. They are under vacuum pressure and so the "normal" nurses are scared of them. Should I say "oncologist" nurse?
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