The following represent our preferences for a child birth free from medication. We understand that during labor and delivery certain medical situations can arise that may change these wishes and we trust the medical staff at the hospital to do what is best for us and our son. Thank you!!I'm hoping the basket of treats helps the nurses like me. :)
• I have been practicing the relaxation techniques learned in the Calm Birth class offered at MMH. I will be meditating and attempting to breathe through the discomforts of labor and request low lights and quiet voices throughout delivery.
• I would appreciate being assigned a nurse who enjoys natural births.
• Please refrain from any medical interventions not previously agreed upon. I am happy to discuss any measures which may be deemed medically necessary prior to their implementations.
• Please no IV. A Saline-Lock or Hep-Lock is fine. I would also like to be able to drink fluids throughout labor.
• I would prefer intermittent monitoring.
• Please do not offer pain medication or ask me if I am in any pain. I will ask if I need it.
• I would appreciate a minimum of vaginal exams and do not want to be informed of my progress.
• I do not want an episiotomy, but am willing to discuss its necessity should the occasion arise.
• Please do not cut the umbilical cord until it has stopped pulsing.
• I would prefer not to receive Pitocin to deliver the placenta.
• Unless our baby is in distress, please allow me to have skin-to-skin contact and nurse immediately after delivery.
• If our baby must leave the room for evaluation or treatment, my husband or I should accompany him at all times.
• Please do not give our baby a bottle/formula/pacifier unless absolutely necessary, and only if myself or my husband have given explicit permission to do so.
• If it becomes necessary to deliver our baby by C-section, I would like to avoid general anesthesia unless absolutely medically necessary.
• I would like to have my husband present at all times.
• If our baby is not in distress, please allow my husband to hold him immediately.
We have left a basket of treats at the nurses’ station. Please enjoy them, and thank you for your assistance throughout our stay here! We truly appreciate all that you do for your patients!
Breakfast - egg white and cheese on a croissant; OJ
Snack - hot cocoa
Lunch - soy "chicken" patty on whole wheat bread with light spicy mayo; four pieces on cheddar on water crackers; clementine; sliced cucumbers in light honey mustard; two Hershey kisses
Snack - half an organic apple; two pieces of Godiva chocolate (the people that keep leaving chocolate in the teachers' room are killing me!)
Dinner - vegetarian chili with tortilla chips and cheese
Dessert - raisin English muffin with natural peanut butter; glass of organic chocolate soymilk