Welcome, my friend!!!
Kami, I know you are new to the board, but not to preg.org. Generally, lodges are started at 36 weeks and go to the 6 week PP check-up or so. Fun! It's a great way for everyone to get to know you.
Tell us your birth plans and whatever else you want to share.
Welcome to your lodge!
Well, my birth plan. . .I want a healthy baby. I don't want any intervention unless it's REALLY necessary. I will post my first born's birth story once I can get my hands on it. I pray that the second will be just as easy and great as the first.
Here is my birth plan if anyone is THAT interested in reading it.
We understand that birth can be unpredictable. We are presenting this birth plan to encourage dialogue and to help us achieve a safe and satisfying birth. Our baby's health and well being is of utmost importance to us. We look forward to working with you, and appreciate your cooperation in helping our family to achieve our personal birthing goals. We thank you and appreciate your understanding and consideration ahead of time.
I expect, and trust, that my practitioner will seek my opinion, and that of my husband, on all issues that may affect my birth experience or that deviate from this plan.
FIRST STAGE OF CHILDBIRTH: LABOR
• Upon entering the hospital, it is crucial for me that I will not be separated from my husband at any point during labor or birth.
• We would not like to have the External Fetal Monitoring done continually, unless there is concern.
• I would like the opportunity to try non-medical, non-invasive pain-relief methods as directed by my husband and Doula
• Please do not offer any pain medications (epidural etc.) My husband or I will request them if I want them.
• Ideally I would like music in the background (we will provide)
• I would like the hospital staff to know that I may have my own personal style to birthing -- from walking, moaning, or grunting. I would be grateful for the personal space to do this comfortably without feeling hushed or rushed.
• We would like to keep all vaginal exams to as few and as gentle as possible to prevent premature rupture of membranes.
• Nutritional snacking and juices as desired
• Ideally, I would like to be allowed freedom of movement -- to walk, rock, use the bathroom and move as my body dictates.
• I am interested in having access to certain birthing equipment. If available, I would like to use: Birthing bed, stool, pool/ tub, birthing ball (swiss ball).
SECOND STAGE OF CHILDBIRTH: PUSHING AND DELIVERY
• I have the following coaching preferences:
• I would like to try different positions
• It is important to me to allow my body to operate in its natural rhythm and time-table. If my midwife feels that pushing may not be progressing efficiently, I would like to be reminded that sometimes changing positions helps.
• Ideally, I would like to avoid an episiotomy. To that end, I would like my practitioner or birth husband to support me with: warm compresses applied to my perineum, sterile olive oil to massage and stretch my perineum, encouragement to breathe with my urge push, allowing me to move with the flow and force of my uterus.
• I would like local anesthesia for repairs (stitches).
• Please place the baby on my abdomen immediately following the birth.
• If warming is necessary, please allow baby to be warmed on my abdomen, covered by blankets.
If Complications lead to a Cesarean Delivery:
• Please keep communication open. If, at all possible, please wait for my express consent, or that of my husband, before initiating any procedure.
• It is important to me that my husband be present with me at all times during the birth.
• Please discuss anesthesia options with me.
• Please use a low-transverse incision on my uterus and abdomen.
• Assuming the baby is well, I would like to hold my baby on my chest and/or nurse my baby as soon as possible.
• Please remove my IV and catheter as soon as possible following my baby's birth.
• Please provide me with nutritious food and drink as soon as possible.
THIRD STAGE OF CHILDBIRTH: DELIVERY OF PLACENTA OR AFTERBIRTH
• Please, no Pitocin, uterine massage, or traction of the cord in delivering the placenta.
IMMEDIATE NEWBORN CARE:
• Please dim lights during bonding
• Cord not to be cut until pulsing has stopped, please. Cord to be cut by my husband.
• Ideally, with either a vaginal or cesarean birth, we would like to postpone routine newborn procedures until I have had a chance to bond with my baby.
*Eye drops, Vitamin K and other Procedures:
• We understand that it is routine to administer antibiotic drops or ointment, such as erythromycin. We do not want the baby to undergo this treatment at all. (We will sign the waiver).
• We understand that in the United States, it is routine procedure to give newborns a one-time injection of vitamin K. We prefer not to have my baby undergo this treatment.
• We would like to have any additional newborn procedures thoroughly explained to us.
• I would like for my husband or me to be present during all newborn procedures.
• We would like to postpone any immunizations until a later time.
Bathing and Circumcision:
• We prefer that the baby be gently wiped down to remove fluids, and wrapped in a receiving blanket. Please do not bathe, to allow my baby's natural vernix to continue to soften and protect skin.
• If the baby is a boy he will not be circumcised.
Rooming-In and Feeding:
• My preference for in-hospital infant care is full rooming in -- no separation.
• Brest feeding only, no pacifiers, nipple guards, bottles, formula or water.
Sick Baby and Postpartum Care:
• If my baby is not well, I would like to: accompany my baby, or have my husband accompany the baby if transported to another facility. Breastfeed, or provide my expressed milk for my baby. Have unlimited visitation for my husband and myself and hold, rock and care for my baby, if possible.
• I would like my hospital stay to be as short as possible.
Kami had her baby, which is why she hasn't been on. Her birth story is awesome, but I'll let her share publicly if she wants. She did all natural ...I think it was like 3 hours total.
Gabriel Asher was born at 8:55pm on March 16th ...9lbs 2.9oz!!
Can't wait to hear your story and see photos.
Congrats to your whole family including Big Brother Liam!
congratulations Kami!He is adorable!