At Women First, we believe in helping you champion your own birthing experience so that it is all you’ve ever imagined it to be. Our birthing plan guide is designed to help you consider your personal preferences for the childbirth process. If you are interested in customizing your birthing options, please download the Women First Birthing Plan PDF here, select your preferences, and bring them to your 36-week appointment to review with your physician. You will also need to bring a copy with you to the hospital to give to your labor and delivery nurse on the “big day”!
As much as we want to help you experience a natural childbirth, some births require a little extra help. That may mean that your first preference for your birthing plan is not possible—to ensure your safety and that of your baby. If that should happen, we’ll keep you informed of your new choices and work closely with you to achieve your birthing goals in a safe and nurturing delivery environment.
The following interventions may be used if needed for your baby’s or your wellbeing.
- Pitocin IV to assist contractions and to prevent hemorrhage
- Rupture of membranes
- Oxygen administration
- Continuous fetal monitoring by internal monitors
- Cesarean section
- Manual delivery of placenta should hemorrhage occur
Each birth is unique to that mother and child, and the guidelines and procedures shown here certainly don’t make up an exhaustive list of what can happen during labor and delivery. We encourage you to talk with your doctor about your wishes for labor and delivery, share your Birthing Plan guide selections at your 36-week visit, and bring us any questions you have at any time. Your Care Team wants to have a positive relationship with you, based on mutual respect and a true partnership for the benefit of you and your baby.