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November 10th, 2010, 12:30 PM
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Sooo, my heart was going too fast, but, they didn't do anything, as it's not done that before. Baby's heartbeat is 147, my blood pressure, weight, he said was perfect.

Then we got down to my birth plan. Doctor says, he has only done 4 episiotomies in a year. 1 cause the mom didn't want to push anymore, and 3, because baby's heart rate was dropping fast. He said those were the only times he does episiotomies.

Food, he said, they prefer me to not eat, because if I require a csection, and I vomit, and aspirate, I could get pneumonia, or die. He said if it were sunflower seeds, or something small, he didn't see a problem, and he didn't care. He said we'd talk more about it with the anesthesiologist on the floor.

Pushing, he said I could push however I wanted, but, if I wanted controlled pushing, to help prevent tearing, then I'd need to be on my back. He said on all fours and squatting, I could push like that, and then switch on my back for delivery, OR I could push on all fours, or squat to push and deliver, but all he could really do is watch, and couldn't control anything.

He said the nurses will ask me if I want pain medicine, it's just what they do.

Baby, he said I could let the cord stop pulsating, but if he put baby on my chest, above my placenta, I'd get a direct infusion of cord blood from the cord, if he put baby below me, baby would get the direct infusion, so the best thing is the hold the baby level with the cord until it stopped pulsing, HOWEVER, at that point, we'd have to wait to put baby on my chest for snuggles, because he'd need to be dried off, and kept warm 'cus of the cold air.

HOWEVER, if I want to forgo the cord pulsing, then he could put baby on my chest right away (as long as baby looks great), and cut the cord.

He agrees with me about the eye ointment, and said a lot of the baby's care, I will need to discuss with the nurses. He said they probably wouldn't delay the eye ointment for hours, but probably for a half hour, OR I could out right deny it. He said, as a parent, I have every right to deny anything.

Sooo, it looks like this is going to go well. Although, my husband says, if I start begging for medicine when I hit transition, he won't tell me no. The jerk.
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November 10th, 2010, 02:13 PM
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Sounds like a good appointment!

I'm pretty sure they can't give you meds in transition LOL - so don't worry about it!

With the nurses - maybe ask when you arrive if they have anyone who is 'into' natural child birth. When I went in at 32 weeks because I was worried about preterm labour - some nurses were lame - but my nurse was all excited that I was planning a homebirth.

Thank you Kiliki for my first beautiful Siggie!

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