I have no recollection of delivering the placenta after the birth of DS1. I vaguely remember the OB saying it looked intact and healthy, but I don't remember if I had to push it out or what that stage was like. I guess I was just caught up in gazing at our new baby. I also don't remember if I was given any Pitocin? Is that the standard procedure? I am working on my birth plan for this upcoming birth, and I have noticed several sample birth plans state that they do not want Pitocin during/after placenta delivery. Can you help me understand the pros/cons to this? I have also seen several mentions of fundal massage...is that an alternative to the Pitocin, or something that is always done? Some birth plans state they do not want fundal massage or they want to do it themselves? Why would that be?
Also, I had an epidural with DS1, and this time I am planning an unmedicated birth with a midwife but I will be in a hospital setting. How will being unmedicated affect what phase 3 is like for me? Will I be able to just focus on immediate skin-to-skin with baby, or will I be having to focus on pushing out the placenta, still managing discomfort, etc.? I am just really confused. I have read several books, but I still do not know what to expect from this part of the delivery. Thanks for any insight you ladies can give me!