Week 25: Hospital birth plan

So as the OB recommended, I’ve come up with this hospital birth plan. It’s simple and explains what I most care about. Most consent and refusal of hospital procedures takes place verbally anyway, so I do believe that long written birth plans are best avoided even for planned hospital births.

Hospital Birth Plan

  • I am a survivor of abuse. Please do not touch my vagina at any time.
  • I will graciously document my informed refusal of any procedures and policies.
  • Please do not shout. Please limit staff to one nurse and no students or observers.
  • I welcome the assistance of a social worker or patient representative.
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About investigatingbirth

My investigations of birth began in 2009 when I was trained as a doula. I helped women consider the evidence on common interventions, and helped them prepare for the physical and emotional challenge of giving birth. After some time it became clear to me that there was another type of challenge that I was unable to adequately prepare them for, the challenge of the maternity system. But it was only after my own traumatic birth in 2013 that I realized how little I had understood. I began to ask questions that few around me - doulas, nurses, midwives, doctors - were comfortable hearing. Questions like: Under what circumstances, and for what reasons, do doctors not practice informed consent? How do hospitals deal with other patient populations vulnerable to abuse? How does loss of professional autonomy, for obstetricians, and professional authority, for midwives, impact the quality of care they are capable of providing - regardless of their training? This blog will collect noteworthy information that attempts to answer these and other questions. Most of what you see here will be aggregated from other sources and analyzed. You will also see original interviews, and the occasional opinion piece or personal story, as I try to piece together a clear picture of the system in which American women give birth.
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