Early Pregnancy Hospital Birth Plan

This includes the following birth methods: artificial induction (medication) –  methotrexate (for ectopic/tubal pregnancies) – laparoscopy (for ectopic/tubal pregnancies) –  D&CD&E


Printable Birth Plan Document:

Early Pregnancy Hospital Birth Plan (click to view, edit and print)


Things To Know:

  • Because this plan covers different medically assisted birth methods, specifics to particular birth methods will be noted.
  • This plan is appropriate for pregnancies about 19 weeks and under.  We also have a birth plan for weeks 20 to 30.

Helpful Tips:

  • Check out our listing of local professionals and volunteers willing to support you through the process
  • Consider special farewell words or music.
  • Also include a personalized farewell celebration.
  • Ask for your ultrasound photos, or visit a local Crisis Pregnancy Center that performs ultrasounds, and ask if you can have one last photo of your baby.
  • If your baby still has a heartbeat, consider using your cell phone or other recordable device, and record the doppler’s sounds of your baby’s heartbeat.  You can then add this to a Build-A-Bear as a momento.
  • More momento and special ideas are listed in the birth plan.
  • During this stage of pregnancy, you will likely be unable or discouraged from seeing your baby.  The baby may not be delivered completely intact.  If you ask your doctor during the time of the birth, you may be allowed to have your baby returned to you after their analysis/autopsy of the baby is complete.  If you are permitted to have your baby returned to you, a representative of the hospital will likely call you within two weeks of the birth for you to come and receive your baby.  He or she will likely be placed in a small container.  Please know that your baby is not going to be intact, and the physical form of your baby may be extremely upsetting for you to see.  Please consider not opening the container.
  • Your doctor may also offer suggestions for physical pain relief, including medicinal options.  You might also inquire of prescription of estrogen and progesterone treatments, as this has been theorized to reduce the incidence of intrauterine adhesions, therefore possibly preventing future additional fertility challenges as a result of the birth method needed for this pregnancy.
  • If after the birth, you experience pain, fever, bleeding that fills a pad sooner than an hour, clotting, or a foul odor, please see your care provider immediately.
  • Our birth education section has additional information that may prove useful to you.
  • Please visit our link on general postpartum health (your emotional and physical health after delivery).

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