Now that I am 37 weeks pregnant and Baby B could make her appearance any time now I thought I would share our birth plan with you guys! Or maybe I should call it the lack of a birth plan.
I had an incredibly easy labor and delivery with Emmalyne and ultimately my goal is to have a repeat experience. From first contraction to delivery my labor was about 5.5-6 hours. My OB is thinking that my labor this time will be somewhere between 2-3 hours which in itself is kind of frightening. So here is what my “plan” is for labor and delivery.
1. Avoid delivering Baby B in the car
This is both Chris’ and my worst nightmare. I am terrified that I will wait too long at home and progress too quickly en route. I dilated from 3 to 10 cm in less than 30 minutes with Em. We have approximately a 30 minute drive to the hospital.
2. Head to the hospital early
While it is often recommended that women labor at home for awhile my OB would like me to head in immediately upon realizing I’m in real labor. This is due to the drive we have as well as the fact I am at risk for a precipitous labor. I won’t object to this one since it will hopefully help my #1 priority (no car delivery) happen.
3. Avoid unnecessary interventions
I was given a whiff pitocin when I was laboring with Emmalyne because I didn’t progress fast enough for my OB in an hour. In hindsight I didn’t need this. Now that I know how quickly I can dilate I will be avoiding pitocin if possible.
4. Go with what feels right
I had an awesome low-dose epidural with Em and am not ruling it out this time. It was the lowest dose the CRNA could give and I ended up being able to move my legs the whole time, still had a significant amount of feeling (and subsequent pain) but the hard bite of contractions were taken off. I felt Em move down during pushing and everything about her coming into the world. If I feel I need it I will get an epi. I have also been warned that there is a good chance I won’t get one in time so I am mentally preparing for that scenario as well. My ultimate goal is a healthy mom and a healthy baby.
And that’s it. We will do skin-to-skin after delivery etc. but I am not going in with anything written down for the nursing staff etc. I am pretty go-with-the-flow when it comes to this aspect of everything and trust the medical staff at my hospital fully. I almost feel like having a loose idea of what I would like to see happen leaves me to not stress about the experience or worry if things don’t go according to my plan. Hopefully my mom will make it here in time for the shindig and other than that I am good to go!
I should add – I am also mentally prepared for a longer and harder labor even though my OB predicts things to go quickly. If there’s one thing about L&D it’s that you can’t predict anything so I’m ready for whatever comes my way.
Moms – did you have a crazy detailed birth plan? How did that go?