Does anyone have a birth plan in place? I didn't do anything super official with DD... but this time around there are a couple of things that I have in mind that if I can tell the nurses up front may help me to get what I want. So I have a little index card to remind myself.... these are the 3 things that I want from my delivery.
Do you have a plan? No matter how detailed or loose or even just in your head?
No IV until Epidural - Last time they hooked me up right away and I was really most comfortable walking around during contractions. I'd like to see if they'll agree not to put in an IV until we do the epidural or put in one of those special ones that's closes off and you can unhook from the med stand.
Avoid Pitocin if possible - Last time they were looking to push it and I was able to request that they let me progress on my own so hoping for the same experience.
Make sure I get to see the baby before taking her away - With DD I know they placed her on my chest while they rubbed her down before taking her to be weighed and letting me deliver the placenta and get some stitches. But it was such a crazy time and seemed so short that I don't even remember seeing her face or getting to look into her eyes. I want to make it a point to ask the nurses to be sure that I've had a chance to look my new baby in the eye before we move onto the next thing.