Birth 'Plan'

23 posts / 0 new
Last post
ftmom's picture
Joined: 09/04/06
Posts: 1538
Birth 'Plan'

So, I thought it might be fun to share how we are all planning to do this birth thing Smile Are you planning a c-section, hospital birth, birth center, home birth, drug free, planned epidural, Dr, Midwife, doula?????? Anything else?

I have no choice but to have a hospital birth with my family Dr, as we have no midwives here and you can only get an OB if you are having complications.

I am hoping to do this one naturally, with no drugs, as I only had fentenal with my first, and nothing really with my second. Hopefully this baby will come as quickly, or quicker than his brother and sister. I am also hoping to do most of my laboring in the bathtub, as I did with the others, but it will depend on what they put during hospital renovations that are ongoing, and probably also how many woman are laboring. There are a lot due in July in town.

Oh, and my children will NOT be present Smile

Joined: 05/06/04
Posts: 106

I will be induced. I will have no pain medication, my children will not e present. Hospital birth with OB.
My labors are getting longer rather then shorter so hopefully this one surprises me and goes quickly.

MrsDisel's picture
Joined: 11/06/05
Posts: 338

Most likely I will be induced. Hoping for no pain medication. Most likely it will just be DH and I.

Joined: 01/08/10
Posts: 335

I will have a hospital birth. I am hoping for a VBAC so that also means I can't be induced and must start labor on my own along with before my due date or I will be forced to have a repeat csection. So what really happens will all be up in the air. Just lots of prayers and anything else it takes to get labor started before due date. If I start labor I will probably go drug free just to make sure no drugs mess with or stop my progression.

So come 37 weeks I will be looking for any and all suggestions on getting labor going.

Joined: 05/31/08
Posts: 1131

I am planning a natural hospital birth with midwives and a doula (if I can find one). I looked into a homebirth, but didn't like the ONE HB midwife available in my area around my due date. I'll be using hypnobabies again, like I did with DS. No pain meds. DS came fast so I expect this one will be even faster. Even if I had wanted pain meds with DS I would have been out of luck, I was already 9 cm on arrival at the hospital! Just hoping we make it to the hospital in time this time. Generally "they" recommend staying home as long as possible before going to the hospital, but I did that last time and ended up being in transition in the car (don't recommend that) and so will be camped out in the parking lot this time around Smile

carissar's picture
Joined: 06/22/07
Posts: 212

I don't really have a, "plan" but more some expectations or guidelines lol. I will be having this baby at the hospital with an OB since that is really my only option, (We have 1 homebirth midwife in our area and she is booked for June/July because she will be going out on Mat leave herself in July). If my past labors are any indication of how things will go, I will labor for 2 weeks and hang out at 4-5 centimeters for a few days. I am going to hang out at home until things get intense because I DO NOT want pitocin or any other type of augmentation of labor. I fear if I go to the hospital too soon they will be really pushy with it. My labors once things get going have never been longer than 7 hours and my last was only 4 and he was posterior so I imagine had he been the right way it would have been faster. I don’t want anyone yelling at me to, "PUSH!" or count at me. I HATE THAT! I am undecided on pain meds. I know that if I stay home long enough it will be too late and I won't have a choice so I am kind of hoping that is what happens. Besides the last time I had an Epi it didn't do anything except give me a massive headache.... I also want to delay cord clamping until it stops pulsating. It will be just DH and I in the room, maybe my SIL if she makes it here in time. That is pretty much it.

MrsDisel's picture
Joined: 11/06/05
Posts: 338

"acqualin21" wrote:

I am planning a natural hospital birth with midwives and a doula (if I can find one). I looked into a homebirth, but didn't like the ONE HB midwife available in my area around my due date. I'll be using hypnobabies again, like I did with DS. No pain meds. DS came fast so I expect this one will be even faster. Even if I had wanted pain meds with DS I would have been out of luck, I was already 9 cm on arrival at the hospital! Just hoping we make it to the hospital in time this time. Generally "they" recommend staying home as long as possible before going to the hospital, but I did that last time and ended up being in transition in the car (don't recommend that) and so will be camped out in the parking lot this time around Smile

Okay, I'd like to hear the rest of THAT story Biggrin

Joined: 01/20/12
Posts: 189

I am pretty open to whatever happens. I would like to have the baby in the hospital. It doesn't really matter that much to me if I have drugs or not. With DS I was induced and had an epidural and it was a great experience. About 13 hours of labor.
With DD labor was very short and I wasn't even sure if it was real labor at the hospital until they checked me. I loved the look of shock on the nurses faces when they did check I was 8 cm and going too fast for any drugs. She was a posterior baby too and took about 25 min of pushing. From the time I checked in until Ali came out was less than 2 hours. DH will probably be running me straight to the hospital at the very suggestion of labor because he does not want to deliver the baby at home or in the car.
I guess my basic thought process is that if this little guy comes nearly as fast as #2 then I won't have to worry about to epi or not to epi.

SunDevil28's picture
Joined: 04/30/07
Posts: 496

I will be having a repeat c-section and am actually quite excited about it! The recovery is supposed to be so much easier than an emergency c/s so that will be great. I mean, I'm not looking forward to pain, but we'll all have that, just in different areas. Smile

ftmom's picture
Joined: 09/04/06
Posts: 1538

Jess, that sucks about your labours getting longer. I would cry if that happened.....

Mrs. Disel, why the induction? Have you needed to before?

ftmom's picture
Joined: 09/04/06
Posts: 1538

Maggie, I would love to have a midwife! Unfortunately we cant afford a doula, and DH wont shell out for one, cause I prefer to be alone while I labor, so he says it would be pointless for her to sit in the living room Smile

I have also done transition in the car with the last (we had childcare issues) and it is not fun. I have never actually been at the hospital for more than an hour before a baby was born. Plan to go earlier this time too.

ftmom's picture
Joined: 09/04/06
Posts: 1538

Carissa, I use the word 'plan' loosely. I just couldnt think of a better way to phrase it Smile I am personally not against pain meds (though epidurals scare me), but I never get there early enough for the really good stuff, so whats the point?

ftmom's picture
Joined: 09/04/06
Posts: 1538

Andi, My sister loved her repeat c-sections, and is in fact going for her 4th (and last) in July). Her advise is to get up and walk as soon as possible, which she found easier with the repeat than the emergency one. Maybe a scar tissue thing, or just the Dr's being able to take there time.

MommyQCT's picture
Joined: 06/12/08
Posts: 387

I had a c-section with my last - schduled b/c I had Gestational diabetes and OB felt baby was too big and i was too short...

I have not asked my OB his view on VBAC yet - I have a feeling he is not for it. I would like to try for a VBAC, but I LOVE my OB and won't switch so if he says its is safer for a repeat C-section - I will do that. I always listen to his advise - its his job to do what it safest for baby and I.
But if for some reason I don't have GD this time around, and go into labor on my own (never happened last time) and OB says its OK I would like to try for a VBAC - and if so ONLY if I can have LOTS and LOTS and LOTS of DRUGS - especially the epdiural - LOL

I know my views are the exact opposite of like everyone else on this board..but I have seen too many epsiodes of baby story where the mom does not want the epi - then by the time she asks its too late... I want to enjoy the wonderful experience!

SunDevil28's picture
Joined: 04/30/07
Posts: 496

Kyla - Thanks for the encouragement and advice. I'm hoping to get up sooner, as I won't have 21 hours of labor and 3 hours of completely non-productive pushing affecting my uterus and abs in addition to the surgery. I have tried to gain less weight, be more active, and keep my abs in better shape. So I'm hopeful!

Jackie - It will be interesting to hear your OB's policy on VBAC. Mine will support VBAC until/unless Pitocin becomes necessary. I thought my epidural was awesome too. Smile

EveC's picture
Joined: 11/02/04
Posts: 18

I'll be having my 8th c/s.

augustgirly's picture
Joined: 12/27/05
Posts: 60

I am planning to have her at a birthing center with my midwife, husband and mom in the room, no drugs. I had my first daughter that way, and it was great; My second daughter was planned the same, but came to fast and we had her at home, ambulance delivered her, and we were taken to the hospital and because I was positive for group b strep that time, had to stay and it was miserable. I am hoping for a fast labor with this one too, but maybe not quite as fast as the last lol We also will be leaving for the birthing center the minute I know I'm in labor; Both my labors were 12 hours but my second the last 2 hours my contractions just jumped and we realized to late we weren't going to make it anywhere. lol My kids will most likely be taken to my MIL's who lives pretty close to us. I am hoping to be back home hours afterwards!

Lorah's picture
Joined: 11/06/05
Posts: 201

Planned C-Section. Going in on June 29th (If I don't go into labor earlier). I have to be at the hospital at 8am and surgery is at 10am. Smile

nmpiche's picture
Joined: 08/29/07
Posts: 508

I am also planning a hospital birth with a MW and a doula and no drugs (if possible). I am doing hypnobirthing again. When am I supposed to start listening to those CDs? And I need to see if my doula is practicing right now and/or find another one.

readytoplanmom's picture
Joined: 06/03/11
Posts: 168

My birth plan right now is to read every book about birth plans because I have heard so many stories and am not sure how it's going to be. I know it will be at the hospital with an OB, hopefully the one I have been seeing, but it depends on which one is on call that night to do deliveries and who knows maybe I will like a different one better, I will be meeting with all four of them before I get close to delivery. I feel like as long as my mom is there with me then I will be okay because she is a nurse and my mom and so she knows what's best personally and professionally. I have always been one to take drugs for my ailments, but at the same time the only close experience I've had with an epi is my SIL who had a hotspot that didn't go numb so in that respect why would I want one for it to not work and make labor longer and harder? Not to mention I hate, HATE, needles, that just might be enough for me to not get one. Just going to read everything!

Joined: 11/24/11
Posts: 12

"Plan". I wish. Blum 3 I have no idea whats going on, and don't feel as though I'll have much control of anything. I'll have to have a hospital birth, and take whatever the state will pay for. So no doula or fancy water birth for me. :/
This is my first, and my friends all have nightmare birth stories, so I'm a LITTLE anxious!

Joined: 05/31/08
Posts: 1131

You have more control than you think! It's a good idea to write down your ideas for how you want your birth to be and give a copy to the hospital. Things may not go the way you envision, but its good if the staff has some idea of where you stand with things like pain meds, etc. Definitely do some research. But the best advice I think is to stay home as long as you can, so look into ways to manage early labor contractions on your own so you don't end up going to the hospital too early. Do you have a friend who could serve as your doula, or just be a labor support person for you? Why do women love to tell their friends their nightmare birth stories? Birth can be amazing and rewarding, it isn't a total nightmare like the media and a lot of people make it out to be. It's hard and it hurts, but it's not THAT BAD, IMO.

nmpiche's picture
Joined: 08/29/07
Posts: 508

I agree that natural labor with no drugs is not that bad. There were lots of women who had babies before there was a such a thing as an epidural. And YES, we need to stop telling nightmare birthing stories to women who might one day have kids.