So I'm due in January and had to submit my admission forms to the hospital last week. There was a section asking for the attached birth plan. I had planned on doing one but didn't have time so just didn't submit one. My question is did anyone not have a birth plan and did it affect your birth? I'm a first time parent to be so to be honest don't really know what I want, if that makes sense.
My plan is to "go with the flow" so to speak, that means try for natural but open to all pain relief if needed starting with gas, moving to epidural and c-section only if necessary. Other than that I dont have other preferences in relation to positions etc as I've never done it before, so I think its ok not having a birth plan but wonder if I'll regret it?
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22-09-2012 12:16 #1Senior Member
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Anyone not have a birth plan?
22-09-2012 12:20 #2
I never had a birth plan other than birth the baby! I researched the things involved in giving birth so I knew about them but I decided that I'd just go with the flow and pick and choose as things came along. I don't regret it one bit, I didn't feel stressed or anxious for not having a plan, I was much more relaxed than I had ever thought I would be. Whether or not it would have been the same if I had a birth plan I don't know, but I decided just to go with my body and my Obs and take it from there. DD was different as she was breech and turned into an emergency c-sect but DS' birth was fine.
22-09-2012 12:23 #3Senior Member
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Mine was very go with the flow. I knew what I preferred but was open to everything.
22-09-2012 12:24 #4
I haven't for all 6 babies. I am a go with the flow person too. In saying that I still need to research all aspect of birth, pain relief, intervention etc...
22-09-2012 12:34 #5
I didn't because their babies and nothing goes to plan. Thank god I didn't cause i ended up with a emergency c section so there was no disappointment in not reaching my plan/goals. In the end I got want I went for a nice healthy baby boy. I just ticked them to keep the midwifes happy.
22-09-2012 12:54 #6
I think it's important to voice your preferences if you have them, I didn't have a BP with #1 and it didn't go well I did have written in my notes that I wanted privacy but no one seemed to pay attention to that and it ended up being a bit of a circus event with 7 people watching coz they wanted to see a natural birth which I didn't like, it gave me flash backs to being abused as a child.
The only thing I would warn about going with the flow is to make sure your care provider has the same values that you do, I didn't do one with #2 because I was homebirthing and it was standard to do all of what I wanted (no exams, wait for the cord to stop pulsing, no vit K, physiological 3rd stage, tear instead of epesiotomy) if you want certain things done and they aren't hospital policy, procedure or go against what your care providers usually practise you might want to have them written down for them to check at the time, last thing I would want to be doing in labour is having to make sure no one is about to snip me or stick their hand up my hoohar
22-09-2012 12:58 #7
I think they just like to have a written birth plan so that they can look at it and get an idea of what you want without having to bug you when you're in labor.
Things don't go to plan when you're having a bub, it's true. But it doesn't hurt to have a 'best case' plan, and also a general idea of what you would like if things don't go to plan .
22-09-2012 13:08 #8
I didn't have a birth plan with any of my births. I just went with the flow. I'm quite happy with how my births went. I had a c/s followed by 2 vbacs
22-09-2012 13:20 #9Senior Member
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ETA: I was induced (which apparently is worse than normal vaginal birth), I tired natural but I couldnt handle it. I tried the gas but it didnt work for me, so I tried the epidural which was bliss. I ended up not progressing and the baby's heart rate was dipping, so they wanted to do emergency c-section. I got to the operating table, they gave me the drugs, and then when they took the heart rate off the baby's head, they realised that I dilated the last 4cm in an hour. I ended up with forceps delivery but numb from the armpits down so it was hard to push something you cant feel, but I am happy it was pain free (after the epidural going in).
Last edited by LoveHeart; 22-09-2012 at 13:26.
22-09-2012 13:35 #10
I didnt have a birth plan, the more i read into labour the more freaked out so was advised by my obgyn to stop researching as i was getting more scared, and confused.
A month beoffore having bub one of the midwives asked me and i said no telling her that i figure the midwives and the obgyn do this for a living they are going to be able to tell me what i need to do and if things are progressing well or not. I wasnt against having durgs and that if needed i would have them. I basically said i would do as i was told to have a healthy baby.
I had a natural labour that lasted about 6 hrs and only had gas. Some minmal grazing and no stiches. So i think i did a good job and nly pushed when they said so.
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