I'll start by answering my question ;). My birth plan is get the baby out safely. I am not dead set on vaginal delivery or c-section. I only ask to be drugged/heavily medicated. I have no desire to have a natural drug free childbirth. I'm sure I could do it but there are no rewards no discounts no metals no nothing for doing it. Why put myself through all that pain when I can easily be much more comfortable through the process. The bigger reason is I have two spinal fractures and I already have a rediculously amount of pain on a daily basis so why add any more pain to that.
I totally support those who are going to try natural childbirth or have a c-section or whatnot. I don't understand home birth because of the dangers of it but I don't judge, you got the baby in so you get it out the way that will make you most happy :)
I want vaginal delivery cause recovery from c section has too long of recovery and I still have to care for my autistic son.... I have been very drugged for my first labor and natural with my second cause my labor was only 30 mins and believe me the drugged up one was such a more enjoyable experience WAY LESS traumatic lol although they turned my epidural off for delivery which really SUCKED lol.... With this one I want to look into the walking epidural so then I won't need a cathetar and I want to delay the cord clamping after birth till it's done pulsating.... I don't really care about how many times I am checked, if they break my water, if they monitor the babies heart rate the entire time... I would just rather the safe arrival of a healthy baby.... So really I don't care what happens as long as
my end result is a happy healthy baby boy
Birth plans are great if you don't have too high of expectations lol. My c-section came after I went to the ER for my husband and asked them FOR FUN to hook me up to the non stress test (our hospital was an hour and a half from our house) well, they came running in my room telling me I was 2 min. apt, 4 cm's and fully effaced! Wasn't feeling anything. Baby was coming and away I went. (they went and got my husband from the ER) and had my c-section (never even had time to read up on c-sections since I wasn't scheduled for it til later). So as it's good to have a plan, just don't get stuck on one and be disappointed.
I was on the same like as SunWorshiper...get the baby out safe. I couldn't have cared less how it happened...although I do understand not wanting a c-section, they are a bit tough of a recovary...little wary now that I am on #2. It was fine with one baby, but chasing around another child would be tough with all that pain!
Right now I am having a scheduled c-section btu what if go into labour early? Do I need to create a birth plan regardless? I am completely fine with the idea of a c-section because all of our family lives out of town and that will give them time to schedule time off to spend it with us and our little girls upon arrival. I have heard that both the recovery time is longer and that its not bad at all. With my luck I will probably end up on bed rest for the first month :( I am hoping to be one of the lucky ones though!!!
I agree with Sunworshiper - if I was having a vaginal delivery than i'd be all for the drugs!!
When I had my first plan I was never for or against drugs. I always told my midwife I would prefer not to have drugs but if I need them then I would take them. I also wanted to stay home as long as possible because that was the one place I felt most comfortable. With my son I had a water birth. That was awesome because it made a lot of the pain go away.
With my daughter I wasn't allowed a water birth. With both of my labours I refused to lie down and I didn't want to be immobile. I had my daughter on my hands and knees with the shower running down my back and that made a lot of the pain go away as well.
Both of my labours were between 26 and 25 hours from start to finish. I don't know when I first started dilating because I was never checked during the progress. When I got to hospital with my son I was 8cm and with my daughter I was 9. I always told my midwife I was looking forward to the pain and I was excited about it to try and brainwash myself into believing how painful it was.
My personal preference with labour is that I like to be in control. When I was 16 I watched my twin sister in labour and she had all of the drugs in the world and she was still in pain and her son had to be sucked out because she couldn't do it anymore. Seeing her so vulnerable was so hard and I guess that is the main reason why I preferred not to have drugs.
In all honesty I think you need to go in open minded, rather than saying drug me up you could say if I need them I will take them but if I don't I won't. Some women are known to have labours that are only a few hours long whereas others are in labour for days. I remember my mum always saying I had 5 kids and one labour were twins and I never had pain relief because they didn't use it. I thought if my mum can do it so can I.
My birth plan is to stay at home as long as possible, get to hospital just in time and push the baby out lol. I want music playing and I was to deliver on my hands and knees in the shower.
Lil_lady I don't know that you need a birth plan bc your csection is scheduled for 36 weeks and if you go into labor prior they should try and stop it. Obviously that's not always possible and there is a chance that you could still have a vaginal delivery. Hmmm maybe ask your OB about it? It's a good question.
Rccesswell: I am reading up on natural delivery and I'm going to take a birthing class that talks about everything from natural delivery, medicated/epidural and even c sections so that I am completely prepared. For me I just have so much pain between a fractured pelvis and two spinal fractures that I know realistically there is little chance I'll make it through without drugs. I have been on pain medication my entire pregnancy thus far under the care of the chief of surgery of the rehabilitation institute. I have a rare case between all of these fractures and a rare disease where my spine is fusing which is also rediculously painful and could land me in a wheelchair. So I have to be at the hospital for delivery and I'll have my OB, best friend, husband and the chief of surgery all there for it.
Lil_lady I think a birth plan would be a good idea for the big just in case. My mum had my sis and I 6 weeks early. She went into preterm labour at 6 months and the doctors managed to keep us in but they couldn't stop us from coming 6 weeks early lol.
Sum_worshipper: I think every women have different problems and that is something you need to weigh up when thinking about a birth plan. Who knows you might not feel anything hahahaha "yeah right"!!!!!
I think it is a good idea that you are going to have a look into everything because you never know what is going to happen until it happens. There is no right or wrong way as long as you get the baby out safe!!!
I think that is great you will have extra support. I found extra support fantastic because it is nice having that extra person just helping you through everything. The most important thing I have learnt is that you need to do what is going to make you feel most comfortable because if you stress then you will just stress out baby and yourself and that is not good.
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