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I don't think I am going to have much of a plan because I get disappointed and upset easy I don;t want to go in thinking one thing and have it go another way! =P i will try to have a regular birth (not c section) as long as i can possible unless either me or baby are in harms way other than that i just want to go with the flow!
I did do one in the past, but only once. I just explain to the ob what I want done and so on, there is not much I "can" do differently with having a c-section. I do request the cord is left longer so dh can cut it again, and that the baby is brought to me as soon as possible so I can start bfing right away, we also ask that we can record the birth, which wasn't an issue last time although we did not get the actual birth recorded like I wanted but I think the anesthesiologist was concerned about dh passing out as it was more than I think he was prepared for.
Other than that, I don't have too many requests. I do leave the hospital on day 2 after the c-section so that is not really a birth plan, just something I like to do as I hate being away from my kids and this time I will have a 17 month old waiting for me as well and he hasn't been away from me at night.
I think this time I am just more nervous about the c-section itself as last time wasn't my dream birth, I don't want a repeat of last years surgery.
I had a birth plan last time and it is actually what made me switch to a midwife at 36 weeks pregnant. I found a midwife group that has basic policies that align with the birth that I wanted so that was a better match. I am not sure if I will even make one this time.
It depends on what you want. I was dead-set against drugs of any sort (due to my past medical experiences--I know my body doesn't handle meds well, and I figured my baby wouldn't either). So, I had a birth plan that specified what was most important to me. I'm really glad I did. My first doctor wouldn't even look at it and was a total jerk. Needless to say, I switched doctors! Lol. Figure out what you most desire, and write it down! Of course, you do need to be flexible because stuff happens. Good luck
No birth plan for me since we are planning a home birth and I can have/do pretty much whatever I want hopefully; and if I end up in the hospital it will be an emergency so whatever is necessary for me an baby then. If I were planning a vaginal hospital birth I would definitely have a birth plan.
I didn't have any plan last time, other than I knew I was open to an epidural. I will probably do the same this time. I do think it's good to think about these things beforehand, though, because if something IS important to you, or if going with the flow stresses you out, it's better to have thought it through beforehand.
I had one for #1. The nurses were great about respecting my wishes but NOTHING happened as planned due to the circumstances of the whole birth process.
Advice for FT moms: Be prepared to roll with the punches with respect to your birth plan! Things may not go according to plan and you dont want to set yourself up for the big fall if that happens (I am still grappling with the big fall almost 2 yrs later).
My birth plan is pretty much: Hope I make it to the hospital in time, avoid drugs for as long as I can (hopefully the entire time!), and try not to punch my boyfriend since he wants to be in the room. Other than that, the MW group routinely practices delayed cord clamping and stuff so... just going with their flow.
I understand that things can come up, but at the same time knowledge is power, empower yourself with knowledge and research so that when doctors come at you with interventions you don't feel victim because you didn't know any better. Be prepared to stick up for yourself, for your birth, for your baby. And don't be afraid to be firm, doctors are not your authority, their interventions are mere suggestion based on their opinion. Have your own opinion too