So last week at my midwife appointment we wrote my birth plan. After the antenatal class and hospital tour I felt very confident in knowing what I did and didn't want. Mark was unable to come to the appointment but we discussed before hand what we both wanted. I felt that it was important for us to have this discussion as I wanted him to feel involved.
So here is a little run down of my birth plan and my wishes for labour.
* I will be giving birth at my local birthing centre, which is joined to the hospital in case of an emergency.
*Mark will be my birthing partner.
*I am hoping for a water birth.
* I plan to get into the pool at around 6cm and until then will be as active as I can be walking around and using the birthing ball.
*I hope to manage on gas and air as pain relief.
*Mark will be cutting the cord.
*Me and baby girl will have skin to skin contact straight after she is born.
* I plan to breastfeed.
*I want to try deliver the placenta naturally but will have the injection if there are any problems or it takes too long.
I didn't want to make a huge birth plan because I hear that babies can be quite unpredictable and tend not to follow plans so I just wanted something simple.
I'm hoping it will be a nice, simple, natural, calm birth... And I hope baby girl co-operates :D
I am very open to change and won't be upset if I don't get what I want. I don't want a c section or to be induced or have an epidural but if one of these things happened it wouldn't be the end of the world as long as baby girl is born healthy and safely.
Did your birth go as you planned?
Thanks for reading,