As a pregnant woman approaching the birth of her child, one can’t help but think about the “Birthing Plan”. I took a Birthing/Lamaze class prior to having Lil’Miss. They encouraged you to write down all your birth wishes being specific and detailed at how you hoped your labor day might go. They of course gave examples that reflected the Lamaze way of doing things. What I found wasn’t taken into account is the reflection of reality. Having a baby doesn’t always go as planned!
As we packed our bags and headed out the door for Lil’Misses birth I made sure I had a spare copy of my “birthing plan” in hopes that I might be able to have a relaxed, focused labor. Possibly having a natural un-medicated birth. Most of that went out the window within arriving 30 minutes to the hospital. I was in active labor, I could hardly breathe, and it felt like contractions never stopped. Throw that birth plan out the window, GET ME AN EPIDURAL!
Of coarse there is more to a birth plan that just your laboring wishes, but I couldn’t see beyond that. So with that in mind I am trying to figure out how I want to go about my child’s birthday tomorrow.
I have referred to this site to freshen my mind at what you might actually put in a birth plan:
Many of the items on this checklist don’t even apply in my situation, but hey I will still make a mini list. I will just address a few things since I know that I won’t be laboring naturally and I have already discussed drug options with the anesthesiologist.
-I want to be able to move about while getting into labor, maybe using the birthing tub
-I want a mirror available to see the birthing/crowning process
-I want the baby placed on my chest immediately after the birth (although this will probably will only be for a second, since Lil’ Bean will need to be monitored immediately after birth)
-I want my husband to cut the cord.
-I would like me husband to be with the baby after the birth and accompany him to the NICU.
-I prefer that no immunizations be given at this time.
So here we go, now all I need to do is share this with my doc and the nurses in the morning and we will be off!!
Happy Birthday Baby!