Well..my birth plans have been so up and down the past couple of months. Here is a recap:
Around the beginning of second trimester, DH and I explored the idea of a water birth. It's something I really really wanted but DH was not happy about the cost to us out of pocket. I agreed and I let my water birth dream fade....
We decided to stay with our OB and deliver at his hospital. We're familiar with this hospital because we have had two children there. It's a nice hospital... but it is in an extremelly busy area of southern California. Parking is confusing (gave birth twice there and both times DH parked in the wrong lot!! LOL!). No problems with the birth at this hospital..but there were some things I wish I would have done differently.
I just went on a tour at a DIFFERENT hospital on Saturday with my oldest son (DH was in physical therapy...told us to go ahead since my son will drive when I go into labor.) I instantly fell in love with this place! First, the area is not busy. Parking is NOT confusing. Then, on the tour, we received packets of info on the hospital. Inside the packet was a brochure about "The Golden Hour/Nesting Time" Here's a little of what it said...
The Golden Hour
...the birthing room becomes an intimate sanctuary the moment baby arrives. Lights are dimmed and voices lowered as the newborn infant, gently dried with warm blanket, is placed on mother's chest. Visitors are asked to respect the new family's precious golden hour by remainiing outside the birthing room in our family waiting area. Baby will be wighed, measured and bathed after this period ends.
...encourages all mothers and babies to spend their golden hour "skin to skin". Baby is evaluated (apgar) on mother's chest. After this, all medical staff will leave the room..."
Well, I just fell in love with that! They support delayed cord clamping as well! The rooms are intimate. They support vertical birth! It's like a hospital/birth center hybrid! I want to deliver here. I think that would mean I need to change OB's as my doctor only delivers at the first hospital.
I am 98% sure, I am changing hospitals! What do you think?