Jennifer - birth plan?

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sweetsriracha's picture
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Jennifer - birth plan?

Jennifer, I was actually just curious if you'd looked into going to the farm for Carter's birth?

KUP on your birth plan - I'm still jealous about your proximity to the farm.

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Yes I looked into it and they can still take me but SO wasn't down with that. He wants to keep our OB and hospital that we have since its only 5 minutes from our house and it is right in the middle of our two families, who will each have to drive about 45-50 minutes.

I think I want to try it with our next baby (which, Cheri22 says will be a GIRL and I will find out/conc/or deliver in April...2 years after Carter :eek:) Once Matt sees how this birth goes I think I might be able to convince him to be on board with The Farm. I'd really like to experience it.

I'm still sort of writing out a "formal" birth plan:

I don't mind having IV fluids but I want to try to do it natural.
No internal fetal monitoring, intermittent OK.
Birth in position of my choice, not restricted to on my back.
Yes to walking while in labor.
Yes to po fluids if I want them (Gatorade, chicken broth).
No epidural unless I ask.
No routine cervix checks.
No membrane stripping or breaking water unless absolutely necessary.
No vac or forcepts for baby.
Absolutely NO episiotomy.
Delayed cord clamp until it stops pulsating.
Skin to skin right away.
No pulling on placenta to deliver it, no pit to deliver it.
BF right away.
No sugar water, binkie, or formula.
Would like SO to do first bath.
OK on circ, on hospital discharge day, no sooner.
OK Hep B, Vit K, and Gent eye oint.
Want to room in unless I'm absolutely exhausted and need a nap.
On demand BFing.

How's your birth plan coming?

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Remember to add in if you want SO to cut the cord etc, and if you are keeping the placenta.

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I was listening to the midwife who found the Farm on NPR Monday. Interesting lady! I like my hospital birth but she was a really well balanced gal to listen to not super anti traditional medicine etc.

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"Nikerz20" wrote:

Remember to add in if you want SO to cut the cord etc, and if you are keeping the placenta.

Oh yeah! Thanks for telling me that! I am going to start a thread on birth plans. I want to read everyone else's.

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Im torn about doing a birth plan.... i was told by several women that i work with that have had multiple children not to do one.. that things change and your feelings about things change ... so its something im not sure i will do... but its interesting to read what you have put together jen...

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Sorry to sound dumb but whats the farm?

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"babydreamer11" wrote:

Im torn about doing a birth plan.... i was told by several women that i work with that have had multiple children not to do one.. that things change and your feelings about things change ... so its something im not sure i will do... but its interesting to read what you have put together jen...

This is my fourth baby and I didn't do a birth plan with the first or the second, but I did with DD and it worked out for the most part. But you're right, there's just so much that's out of your control (especially with a first baby, as you have no idea how your body will react to labor and delivery) that it might go right out the window! It's nice to have one either way, I think, just in case everything DOES go your way and you don't have any problems!

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With my first, upon checking in at the hospital, they demanded a birth plan from me. I had luckily already prepared one and brought it with me. Not sure if they would have made me fill out a quick form or something before labor, or what!

I found it to be a good asset to my (long, horrendous) labor. When I wasn't clearly thinking, I could relax, because my birth plan was already in place and it was followed to a "T". I didn't have to make any spontaneous, last minute decisions or worry over little things.

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"SamanthaX3" wrote:

Sorry to sound dumb but whats the farm?

The Farm is a "birthing center" in Summertown, TN. I used ""'s because it is more than where women just give birth. Check out this link for more information.

http://www.thefarmcommunity.com/

Their statistics for forceps, episiotomy, etc are INCREDIBLY LOW!! And the women have a natural birth with no drugs.

The lady who founded it, Ina May Gaskin, has witten some books. I'm currently reading Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. She also wrote Spiritual Midwifery, which some OBs use as a tool for when they go to med school.