Cutting of the Cord
When, how and by whom would you prefer this done? Before or after first feed, before or after placental delivery? See also pages 323 - 324.
Who would you like to first handle the child – emergencies excluded? You can also request that your partner be aided by the midwife to “catch” the baby as it is born. How important to you is skin to skin contact between you and your new baby? See also pages 319 - 320.
How and when would you like this to be done? In the case of caesarean section or separation, what feeding arrangements would you like made? Would you agree to formula bottle feeding? See also pages 321 - 322.
In Case of Separation
Who would you wish to accompany the baby and / or stay with you? Would you agree to formula bottle feeding? See also “Emergency Separation”, page 320.
In Case of Caesarean
Indicate your preferred anaesthetic method (general or local), your wishes to
observe during, wish to touch soon after, wish to breastfeed, who you would like to be with you in the theatre. See also pages 290 - 291.
Post-Partum Baby Care
How would you prefer the obligatory neo-natal obs done upon your baby? With mother present, father present, delayed? Which of these common procedural options do you condone for your new baby; Vitamin K shots, Hepatitis B shots, circumcision, other neo-natal dietary supplements? How would you like to arrange for baby’s first bathing? What are your needs for lactation instruction? What preferences do you have for rooming in? See also “First Contact”, page 319 and “The First 48 Hours”, page 326.
State your preferred timeframe for going home. As soon as 4 hours after a trouble-free birth is quite possible, but anywhere up to 5 days stay in the wards is also possible. See also “After the Birth and Going Home”, page 258.
Jot down anything else not covered here that you wish to include.