Post # 1
We aren’t ttc until July but I was just curious what everyone’s birth plan was. I know for sure unless medically necessary that I will not step foot in a hospital. DH is finally on the same page as me with wanting a home waterbirth with a midwife.
There are so many options where and how to have birth now it is interesting to see what people choose. Also will you will be using an OB or a midwife/doula?
I am sure I forgot some options in the poll so feel free to explain if I did!
Post # 3
I am planning to labor at home until I have several signs that I am advanced, and get to the hospital before transition. We live really close to the hospital. I have been very glad to have an OB. I don’t really like going to routine appointments, but recently she caught something that was very important and I had to be admitted to the hospital. Our hospital has large lovely birth suites and all the OBs and nurses were amazing!
And I forgot to add, we are planning for natural, unmedicated birth. DH is my medicine (by sheer support!) and we hope we remain low risk and acheive this for baby.
Post # 4
We wont be ttc for a while but I want to go for a birthing center with a nurse midwife, we can try the natural way but also if something starts to happen the nurse midwife does have medical training advanced enough to know when or if to say “we need to go to a hospital now”.
Post # 5
I’m not pregnant yet, but when we have kids, I plan to have an unmedicated hospital birth if at all possible. I’d also like to labor at home for a bit before moving to the hospital.
Post # 6
We also won’t be TTC for a couple of years or so, but I want to go the hospital/natural route with a CNMW. I have a friend who’s a CNMW at a local hospital. HOPEFULLY FI gets a position at that same hospital, haha.
Post # 7
I plan to go to the hospital, give birth, and come home with a live baby.
I am 34 weeks pregnant and I’m just going to do what feels right when the time comes. I plan to take drugs if the pain is overwhelming and I hope to do as much as I can at my own pace. Thankfully I really, really like and trust my doctors.
Post # 8
Hospital birth, really hoping I can go natural.
Post # 9
It’s still early in the polls but I’m wondering what the motivation to go natural is? Do you truly believe it’s better for the baby in the long run? Is it the badge of honor and the pride of knowing you’ve done what other women have done for eons?
I don’t know. I would never get a tooth pulled without some anesthetic . . . how is this different?
I am not trying to be combative. I am literally asking: How is birth different from all the other things we DO medicate for? Surely those who want to go natural aren’t against inhalers, for example, and wouldn’t refuse painkillers after a C-section, right?
Post # 10
not TTC for a long time, but have always been pretty adament that i will have a hospital birth and i will take any pain meds they say are safe to give me.
with that in mind though… FI was a 10 lb newborn. His brother was 12 lbs. His father and grandfather were both 13 lbs. Odds are good I’ll need a c-section no matter what or else my future elephant child will probably take my entire pelvis with it.
Post # 11
@daybyday: For me it is because I don’t take medication unless I’m almost dying anyway so why would this be different? Plus there are way too many things that can go wrong with interventions while my body has thousands of years of evolving that have made it for having a baby. So while I firmly believe in modern medicine, I’m a nurse! I also believe we tend to over use it when there are many things our bodies were made to handle on their own. No judgments for people who don’t want that, I just do.
Post # 12
@daybyday: I don’t want to be out of it when I have my child. I want to be completely coherent so I am a part of the birth. I also really don’t like putting any medicine in my body. I rarely take asprin. I don’t undetstand why I would use medicine if I don’t need it.
Post # 13
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@daybyday: So, I’d like a natural birth just because I’m scared of an epidural. There are too many things that can go wrong. And I don’t like the idea of having an epidural for pain, but that slows the process down, and then having to be given pitocin to speed it back up. Not my thing. BUT, my husband is adamant that he will refuse to be in the delivery room if I don’t get an epidural. So, the birth plan in 8 months will include an epidural- for my husband. (he’s got this strange thing against me being in excruciating pain if I don’t have to be… I say at least give me a chance to labor on my own.)
Post # 14
The appeal to me is I want a birth in which I am doing what my body was designed to do in a room full of people believing I can do it. I don’t like the fact that some doctors are so grabby and want to rush everything. I know not everyone’s doctor is like that but I don’t even want to chance it. If we had a birthing center in the area I would probably consider that. To me it seems incredibly rude and a waste of energy to have to fight with medical staff about my choices from the get go. I feel the pain of birth is different from surgery or a tooth geting pulled. I wouldn’t refuse drugs for those but those procedures are not a natural phase of life. I definately understand wanting meds though. My own mother has told me I’m crazy and it won’t work. She had two elective c-sections.
Post # 15
@chasesgirl: @Birdee106: So . . . if you were to have a major surgery, you would or would not fulfill a prescription for (and take) narcotics during recovery?
@Mrs. Gremmlin: Interesting! My husband just had a relatively minor surgery last week (he was put under for it, but it was pretty low-risk) and I have to say I kind of understand where your husband is coming from. It is SO HARD to be the support person and to see someone you love hurting and so vulnerable and not be able to do anything at all to help, besides love them and advocate for them. The emotion of the situation actually really surprised me — I didn’t think it would be like that. And he wasn’t even in that much pain . . . I can’t imagine what it will be like for him when the time comes for me to give birth.
Post # 16
@daybyday: No, unless I would be so bad that I couldn’t function without it. In that serious of a case I would probably take tylenol. I won’t take prescription pain killers. Too addictive.