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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Preparing For Baby | My Birth Plan

I have a confession to make.

Based on the title of this post, you may have expected this post to contain my plan for my labor, delivery and postpartum care. You'd be wrong. I don't have a birth plan. Yes, you read that correctly. I have no plan. None.

Now I don't mean to say that I haven't thought about it. I have hopes for how I'd like for my labor to go.

In a dream world, I'll have minimal pain. I'll be able to work up until I go into the hospital, which I won't do until my contractions have been four minutes apart and one minute long for an hour. And once I get checked in, it will be no more than a couple of hours before I deliver a happy, healthy little one who will be immediately placed on my chest for skin-to-skin time. Of course, I will most likely be medicated because I am a wuss, but since this is a dream world we're talking about, we'll assume that there wasn't even a need for the medication because my delivery was so easy, I barely had any pain.

Yeah. That's how it'll go. 

Back here in the real world, I'm a pretty even mix between a realist and an optimist. Aside from the lack of pain meds, because I'm fairly certain I'll be asking for them at the door, that isn't too far off from what I hope will happen. I pray that I go into labor on my own and don't need an induction. I pray that I can deliver naturally and won't need a C-Section. I pray that Baby will be healthy and there will be no reason that I cannot hold him or her immediately. I hope that I can work until I go into labor and won't need to go on early maternity leave. I hope that my labor isn't a million hours long. I hope. I pray.

But I also know that things happen. If it comes down to it, induction and/or C-Section could happen because what matters most is delivering a healthy baby. My labor could be so quick that there's no time to medicate me or it could be so slow that I'm in the hospital for days. Despite how easily my pregnancy has gone so far, something could change and cause my doctor to require me to go on maternity leave days or even weeks earlier than my baby arrives. God forbid, there could be a concern for my brand new baby that requires them to take him/her before I get the chance to have that skin-to-skin bonding time.

And so I have the answers to the question of how I'd like things to go, but I don't have a plan. Because in the end, it's all up to my body and Little One when and how this will all go down.

Did you have a birth plan? If so, did things go according to plan?

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