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Are you doing a birth plan?

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I am... even though I'm a Csect. I need to change it for this LO. I had one for DD & even though I had a bunch of problems with the delivery I'm glad I had it.

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I always go back and forth with this, but I decided not to. With DS he was a scheduled C/S because he was breech and I wanted a completely natural birth so bad I couldn't even bring myself to think about it before I actually went in. With DD I attempted a VBAC and also decided not to do a birth plan because I didn't want to be disappointed when they threw it all out the window. I think it's a great thing for a flexible person who can handle when their plan doesn't pan out, I am not that type of person though! LOL!

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Have never done one. I just go with the flow. I think the most important thing is to be flexible, as you never know how things will go. I like Karen think it would be harder when things had to change, if I had written out exactly what I wanted.
I have a SIL who refused a c-sect due to not wanting a scar. She ended up with a very rough delivery, they had to manually go in to remove the placenta, and baby had seizures right after delivery.

My feeling is when it comes down to it you need to do whatever it takes for the baby and yourself to be healthy. Nothing else matters.

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No plan... going with the flow .....

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No, I won't do a birth plan. I will likely have a list of a few important things, but in general, I'll just go with whatever happens.

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I'm not going with one. As long as the end result is healthy baby, healthy mom, I'm happy, even though my intent is pretty natural.

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No, I think I am going to take everything as it happens.

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not really, I know what I want to happen, but I know tha can change at any moment.

I want an all natural birth, my prior labors were only 7 and 5 hours, so if this baby comes just as fast I think I can go all natural, but if this decides to be the 20+ hour labor, then I might opt for some pain meds.

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nope......I'm a go with the flow type girl..

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"Dylemma" wrote:

Have never done one. I just go with the flow. I think the most important thing is to be flexible, as you never know how things will go. I like Karen think it would be harder when things had to change, if I had written out exactly what I wanted.
I have a SIL who refused a c-sect due to not wanting a scar. She ended up with a very rough delivery, they had to manually go in to remove the placenta, and baby had seizures right after delivery.

My feeling is when it comes down to it you need to do whatever it takes for the baby and yourself to be healthy. Nothing else matters.

Exactly!!! I'm right with ya! ALTHOUGH, this LO might be a scheduled section...haven't decided.

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I am doing a birth plan, but only so the hospital staff knows what my plan and wishes will be. The hospital I'm going to deliver at encourages a birth plan and they already have a birth plan questionnaire that they like every patient to fill out. I'm not going to be one of those difficult patients though that refuses to stray away from their birth plan.

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Yep, but I'm pretty flexible with my plan Smile My main points are

I WANT AN EPIDURAL ASAP.

I don't want AROM.

I don't want pitocin to induce or augment unless baby isn't doing well.

Don't YELL for me to push, just let me know when to push and when to stop.

Please don't let random family/friends in and out of my room unless I okay it. (Labor/delivery is a pretty private experience for me and I just don't like the idea of people going and coming while I'm in labor.)

But if something happens and they have to go way off course to keep me or owen safe, then by ALL MEANS, do it. In fact, that was a LARGE part of my 'plan' last time... letting the nurses know that these were all perfect scenario things, and that the only thing I asked if they had to go off course was to let me know first.

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Yes! sorta. I have a birth planner at the hospital that will go over this with me so the nurses know what I want. She will ask me all the silly questions a month before my due date so I am not answering them int he hospital. I made a Birth plan with DS and totally forgot to use it. I am glad I have this option to discuss it before hand.

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I'm just going to go with the flow

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Nope. Other than I'm BFing immediately after the birth and no bottles/supplementation. No pacis without me giving them. But that's hospital standard, so I'm not worried about it. Wink

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Another bonus of a homebirth they can't give the baby anything if I don't have it here lol Plus last time within two hours of birth the midwives were gone. So everything was upto me lol

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"irishgirl" wrote:

Nope. Other than I'm BFing immediately after the birth and no bottles/supplementation. No pacis without me giving them. But that's hospital standard, so I'm not worried about it. Wink

Oh, forgot about that! I want that too. Last time right when we got in the room, they asked if I was going to BF, I said yes, and they immediately slapped a sticker on his bassinet that said Breast fed, feed every 2hrs, no bottles.

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Will write up a plan

I will be writing up a plan, but, as everyone has mentioned, I will be very flexible about that plan. It is just important to me that I be given the opportunity to get up and move around, that I avoid pitocin-induced labor to the best of my ability, and that I have access to a moderate epidural (not natural birth) before they resort to the complete numbness epidural. This will be my first birth, and I've heard way too many stories of 48 hour labor marathons for first-timers. I want to help this kiddo 1. Come out when he is ready 2. Come out as quickly as he can 3. Come out safely. Anything mentioned in the birth plan will be an attempt to do this. Wish me luck. Biggrin