importance of them over the past week. Knowing that I’m finally getting to the
point where it’s a good idea to plan for a birth at any moment, I’ve been doing
a lot of prepping. One thing I didn’t do with Chase was a birth plan. I didn’t
have time to really react to the fact I was giving birth, so a birth plan was
the furthest thing from my mind. I’m a little more prepared for
the ”unexpected” this time round, so I’m planning ahead. One thing that I
was curious about was the importance and reasoning for a birth plan.
In the past week of browsing I’ve stumbled onto two different
theories. Side A (mostly moms) - You CAN NOT go to the hospital
without one. If you do, how on earth will anyone know what you want, what your
ideal of a perfect birth is, or what to do if something goes wrong. All hell
shall break loose, terror will reign, and it will be just a horrible experience.
Side B (mostly healthcare professionals) – HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Birth plan…
I am smack dab in the middle. I see the importance of having a few key points
written down for the nurses and doctors just in case something happens.
Basically, a back-up, in an emergency plan. But I’ve seen a few birth plans
online that span PAGES! They include everything from “I have to be able to walk
around during labor” to “I must be able to eat whatever I want during labor” to
“I need to make sure my husband is singing a sweet lullaby into my vagina while
baby is being delivered.” It’s crazy how in depth and OCD some of these women
are. I can’t imagine having pages worth of guidelines and scenarios written down
for the nurses and doctors. I’m pretty sure that after about half a page, they
stop really paying attention to what is written down. They have more important
things to worry about than memorizing a novel of your perfect birth.
With all that in mind, here is my birth plan for Skylar that I will be taking
with me to the hospital.
BIRTH PLAN FOR KRISTEN
- I will hold out for drugs as long as I can. But I can promise you I will
want them. If I’m about to pass the window of opportunity to get that wonderful
epidural, PLEASE let me know!
- I will try to keep a level head if you do. I do not handle pain or stress
well, so please, don’t tell me I can take it, it’s not that bad, etc. I will
- If baby stalls, I would like to try every idea anyone has before rolling
into surgery. I’m terrified of surgery. I only want to do a C-section if we have
exhausted all other options.
- If you ask me if I want to see the baby coming out (pulling down mirrors), I
will punch you. I’m pretty sure my imagination is close to the real thing.
- My husband would like to cut the umbilical cord.
- I will be breastfeeding, so lets get going on that.
- My husband and my mom are the only non-medical people allowed in the
room. As far as the medical team goes, the more the merrier.
- Only use forceps if absolutely necessary.
- If something is to happen during delivery (whether it be vaginal or
C-section) that requires a decision on who’s life to save, you are to attend to
Skylar first and myself second. If a waiver needs to be signed ahead of time,
please bring that asap.
- Lastly, I’m a person who loves to laugh. I will make jokes, I will try to be
funny. Please humor me by finding my hilarious.
- LET’S HAVE A BABY!
There you have it. Pretty basic, to the point, and I’m hoping that I might
get a giggle out of my nurse. Anything beyond what’s written down I will
address as it is needed. The birth plan in my head is this though… GET HER