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Developing your Origins birth plan

Your Origins obstetrician will help you to develop a personal birth plan. It's best to make crucial decisions about your labour and delivery well before the big day. You'll receive a hard copy of the plan for your own records, along with advice sheets about labour and postnatal health.

These are the questions your obstetrician will ask you:

  • Do you want a natural labour, a pain free labour or just see how it goes?
  • Do you want an elective caesarean section?
  • Who will be with you in labour?
  • Do you have any special requests for the birth environment?
  • Have you thought about the positions you'd like to use during labour?
  • Do you want an epidural? If so, when? Would you like a private anaesthetist?
  • Are there any other types of pain management you would like to try?
  • Will fetal monitoring be appropriate during your labour?
  • What are your views on induction of labour if required?
  • How do you feel about an instrumental delivery if required?
  • How do you feel about having an emergency caesarean section if required?
  • How would you feel about having an episiotomy if required?
  • Would you like the baby delivered straight onto your tummy or checked first?
  • Who will cut the cord?
  • Will you have an ecbolic to reduce bleeding after delivery?
  • Would you like to see and/or keep the placenta?
  • Do you want your baby to have a vitamin K injection?
  • If your blood type is negative, are you aware that you need an Anti D injection?
  • Do you wish to have a private paediatrician attend the birth?
  • Do you plan to breast feed?
  • Where will you spend your post-natal stay?
  • Do you need any special post-natal support?
  • Do you know about the Guthrie test and newborn hearing screening?
  • Are you aware of the recommendation that babies should sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome?
  • Have you thought about contraception after the birth?
  • Are you due for a cervical smear?
  • Who will conduct the six week baby check?