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Maybe you are seeking a list of choices to be made while preparing for your birth?  Here is a list of different options and ideas.  You could use this for preparing a wish list or doing research in preparation for birth.  

 

I would urge you to discuss options with your Care Provider and find someone who knows the policies of the facility your are birthing at.  This will help you get a better picture if you have chosen the right support options for your family.  I always recommend you look for a birth doula.  DONA International is the largest certifying organization of birth doulas in the world.  Check out their web site at http://www.dona.org/.

 

Onset of Labor

  • Spontaneous

  • Scheduled

  • Non- Stress Test

  • Bishops Score

 

Holistic Induction Options

  • Acupuncture

  • Chiropractic

  • Acupressure/Reflexology

  • Nipple Stimulation

  • Herbs/Essential Oils

  • Hypnosis/Fear Release

 

Medical Induction Options

  • Sweeping Membranes

  • Foley Catheter

  • Cytotec (Misoprostol)

  • Prostaglandin

  • Pitocin

  • Amniotomy

 

Clothes

  • Own Clothing

  • Hospital Gown

  • Naked

 

Empty Bladder

  • Walk to toilet

  • Bedpan//Commode Chair

  • Catheterization

 

Monitoring | Port | Movement

  • None

  • Handheld doppler

  • Intermittent

  • Continuous

  • Telemetry

  • Internal

  • Agree to the port

  • Do not want a port

  • I prefer to move in labor

  • I prefer to remain in one place during labor

  • See our door sign -  We are a HypnoBirthing Family,

 

Pain Relief Medication  

  • Epidural

    Offer at any time

    Only if I ask

   Offer at any time

   Only if I ask

  • Meds for Nausea

   Offer at any time

   Only if I ask

  • Sterile Water Injections (for back labor)

 

Relaxation

  • Vocalization

  • Breathing

  • Imagery/Visualization

  • Focal Point

 

Hydration

  • Drinking Fluids

  • Ice Chips

  • IV Fluids

 

Food

  • Snacks as desired

  • Honey sticks/Popsicles

  • Other Foods

  • None

 

Comfort Measures

  • Doula Care

  • Rebozo

  • TENS Unit

  • Hot/Cold Packs

  • Rice Sock

  • Water = Shower/Bath/Compresses

  • Massage

  • Aromatherapy

  • Acupressure

  • Lighting

  • Music/Sound Machine

  • Prayer| Chant| Sing

 

Positions

  • Walking

  • Lunging

  • Sitting

  • Rocking

  • Standing

  • Pelvic Rocking

  • Dangle Back to Back

  • Hands & Knees

  • Knee Chest

  • Squatting

  • Toilet Sitting

  • Leaning Over Bed

  • Birth Ball

  • Peanut Ball

 

Speed Up Labor|Other Options

  • Patience/Nothing

  • Nipple stimulation

  • Position Changes

  • Break Amniotic Bag

  • Pitocin

 

Pushing

  • Spontaneous

  • Directed

  • Varying Positions

  • Mirror

  • No Coaching

  • Passive Descent

  • Breath Baby Down

 

Delivery Positions

  • Semi-Lithotomy

  • Semi sitting

  • Side Lying

  • Hand and Knees

  • Squatting

  • Standing

  • Water Birth

  • Parent to receive baby

 

Perineal Care

  • Massage

  • Warm Compresses

  • Slow Crowning/Delivery

  • Episiotomy

  • Prefer To Tear

 

Cutting Cord

  • Parent

  • Doctor/Midwife

  • Other Person

  • Wait for Pulsation to Stop and Turn White

  • Wait for 60 minutes

  • Lotus 

 

Placenta | Cord Banking

Placenta to be released to the family

Placenta desired for religious reasons

Cord Banking to be done 

See box we have brung with instructions for the banking

 

Baby Assessments

  • On Mother - 90 minute window | Skin to Skin | Baby find their own way

  • In Warmer

  • Warmer if medically indicated

 

Postpartum Care Options

  • Use breast pump

  • See Lactation Consultant Every day at hospital

  • Wait for Breastfeeding to be established IF Circumcision of boy

  • Use a belly binder during postpartum period

  • Visitors only allowed with permission of family

 

Newborn Care (Immediate or Delay until?)


  • Erythromycin / Eye Antibiotic

  • PKU

  • Vitamin K

  • Hep B

  • Baby Weight/Measured

  • No Bath for 24 hours

  • Bathed sooner

  • Use our own cloth diapers at hospital

 

Cesarean 

  • Partner Present/Doula Present if Possible

  • Epidural/Spinal

  • At least one arm free

  • Lower sterile drape for Mom to view delivery

  • Skin to skin in OR

  • Describe Events during Delivery

  • Video/Photos 

  • No bathing or dressing of baby


  • Initial Wipe down /avoid wiping baby's hands

  • Keep that blanket for parents to use for breastfeeding

  • Environment

  • Special Music

  • Aromatherapy

  • Only essential talk

  • Only essential lights

  • Sing Happy Birthday as baby is born

 

Rooming In

  • 24 hour with mother

  • Nursery at Parents Request

  • Partner Rooming In

 

Feeding

  • Breastfeed/Chestfeed  Only - no bottles, pacifiers, or formula

  • Pump Milk if medically needed

  • Finger Feed/Syringe

  • Bottle Feed

  • Formula Feed

 

 

 

 

 

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