So now that I am getting further along with my pregnancy I am thinking about my birth choices.
For me, I believe the best place to birth would be in the hospital I have picked as it would make me feel the safest and most confident which I think will put me in the best position to birth effectively.
BUT I am realising that some of the choices I want may not be respected/encourage in a hospital environment and am wondering how other ppl who have been in a similar situation to me went about creating the birth they wanted.
I dont have it all worked out but the main things I think will be important to me, hubby and bub would be
-labour at home as long as ossible
-transfer to the hospital
-natural as possible - no epidural or pain relief or synto (nothing set in stone and I am flexible but I don't want them pushing it down my throat. If it is something that I choice fine , but i don't want them pushing it on me or telling me I can't do it natural etc)
-active birth - I want to be able to walk around, different positions etc. Possibly use the shower.
-i am not opposed to monitoring but don't want it consistantly or if it means I can't have an active birth
-i am mindful that constant monitoring could also pick up potential issues which would encourage a c-sect (how do I know if its a legit concern or if its just a timeline/random monitoring thing)
-2nd stage not rushed - do i need to find out what the time limits are on this b4 the push for a csect?
-baby put straight on my chest/breast (skin to skin)
-delay cord clamping
-natural 3rd stage (no oxy shot?? or is this just a given at most hospy these days?)
-no hep b shot, haven't decided on vit k (but would like to hold off until a few hrs post birth at least to assess how traumtic the birth was and if we think its beneficial for the shot)?
So, do you think this is possible in a hospy environment and how do you suggest I go about expressing our wishes.
What things do I need to make 'non-negotiable' and what things do you think I need to be more flexible on?
Do you think I also need to to make 'plans' about how I would a c-sect etc?
Also, what things did you take into the hospital room with you to make you feel comfortable and 'at home'?