Hypnobirthing Class #4 was all about birthplans. Here's some things you may have not considered:
1) Eye ointment, vitamin K shot and hep B vaccine for baby.
Did you know that the eye ointment they put in their eyes is to prevent blindness caused by exposure to chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis? Yep. Not only that, you need to have a lot of exposure to it. So, unless you have one of those, make sure to decline the eye ointment - they have a hard enough time seeing on their own.
Vitamin K helps baby's blood clot which they aren't good at doing on their own for the first 5 days or so after birth. The shot they give is loaded with preservatives and toxins. Opt for an oral dosage instead.
Hep B is a sexually transmitted disease which you can also get from sharing needles and blood transfuions (like HIV). Unless you have Hep B, your baby doesn't need to be vaccinated until they become sexually active.
2) Around 36 weeks, they will screen you for Group B Strep. You can clear group B strep by taking lots of vitamin C and garlic supplements. If you end up showing it on your screening, they are going to want to give you antibiotics at the hospital when you arrive (they'll admit you early) and 4 hours later. This means you will have to have an IV and labor a the hospital longer. Up your vitamin C dosage now to avoid this! By the way, at a home birth, the midwives do a vaginal wash instead of antibiotics if you're shown positive.
3) Decline the IV and heplock if you have a choice. Ask. Once that's in, they can put whatever they want into you including pitocin without your knowledge.
4) Don't accept pain medicine. They use morphine and a host of other medications that stay in your poor baby's body for up to 12 hours each dose. Get the epidural instead.
5) If you are having an induction - and I really hope you don't have to - don't let them use Cytotek - it can be quite deadly and cause uternine rupture. Use Cervidal instead - it can be removed once labor begins.
6) Hold on to your bag of water as long as possible - don't let them rupture your bag. That fluid really helps buffer baby against strong contractions and keep the heart rate up.
7) Insist on doppler heart rate checks if the electric fetal monitoring is showing decreased heart rate. Sometimes, baby has moved and it's actually picking up your heart rate.
8) Have hubby go with baby for the first bath. Decline the use of the harsh Johnsons and Johnsons soap they use. Plain water is fine - and make sure they are gently with little one. Sometimes, they flip and flop them all over the place.
9) Insist on hushed voices, a darkened room and ask the providers to refrain from yelling and screaming when baby emerges. The kid's been in relative dark and quite for its whole life, have some respect! Make his journey into the world a peaceful one!
10) Print several copies and hand one to each new person who is assigned to your care. Insist they read it. Have your doctor sign them.
11) Get your doctor's ok on sipping beverages and having light snacks...
That's all I can think of right now. :) AL