Post # 1
Just wondering if anyone is coming up with a birthing plan. If so, what are you including in it? Did you talk to your Dr about it before? How did they react? I know I’m really jumping the gun (I’ll be 12 weeks on Sunday), but just thought I’d ask!
Post # 3
I didn’t. I had a few things I wanted to make sure the doctor did, like place the baby on my chest right away for skin on skin, but I just made sure my husband told her this when I was in labor.
Post # 4
I had a birth plan and it covered quite a bit. I would talk to your doctor sooner as opposed to late though, b/c there may be something that you want/don’t want that your doctor doesn’t commonly practice and may not go for.
I covered things I wanted through labor ie. being able to move around, naturally let my water break, no pain meds etc
covered the pushing process: did NOT want an episiotomy & I wanted to try different positions primarily NOT on my back… squatting if having trouble since it gives you up to 2 more cm opening.
And if a c-section was necessary I did NOT want to be put under b/c I wanted my DS father to be able to be in there
I waited till close to my delivery date and then got really worried that my Dr. may not be okay with my choosing… since there are some Dr.s that are not and I’ve had friends actually be told they needed to find another Dr or do it the way their Dr wanted (not all are like this but some are)
He ended up saying it was fine, but come to find out this was not common practice for their large practice or hospital I was birthing at and my plan wasn’t upheld at all =/
Like I said.. I would talk it through with your Doctor and be sure you’re on the same page. =)
Post # 5
I had absolutely no birth plan.
Post # 6
I chose not to do a birth plan but for things I wanted, I made sure Darling Husband was on board and would support me and help be an advocate as well as I would ask my OB about different things to get her opinion and make sure she was willing to be supportive of my preferences as long as everything was going well. I figured if I had a written birth plan, I was more likely to have to deviate from it (just a gut feeling, no experience tied to that decision) so I coached Darling Husband over and over and that was that.
Post # 7
Awesome post!! I was justing thinking about this recently. I’m 24 wks now and starting to think more about was it come! For those that did have a plan, when did you talk to your doctor about it? I feel like I”m still too early to go into that discussion with them since we have about 3 months to go, but maybe not. My main thing I want is talk about pain control and at what point she would induce. Is it too early to talk to her now about it?
Post # 8
@Tisty1982: I say it’s never too early. This go round, these were all part of me choosing who my care would be under in the very begininning of TTC… Some Doctors are fine with whatever their patients want (within reason of safety of course) while others really aren’t.
When I was pregnant with my DS I talked to my Doctor around mth 8 but really felt like I should have sooner.. especially when I realized that I wanted a natural birth.
I would definitely ask and get on the same page about her use of pitocin, other intervetnions, and c-section rate (which she has to have by law) along with the c-section rate of the hospital you’ll be birthing at.
Post # 9
My insurance company uses a standard form, which might give you some ideas. You’re way more prepared than me, I’m 35 weeks and haven’t sat down to do this yet!