According to the American Pregnancy Association – a birth plan is a simple, clear, one-page statement of your preferences for the birth of your child. Providing a copy of the plan for everyone directly involved in the birth will help them better understand what is happening and give them the opportunity to resolve issues before the big day.
As some of you may know, I have a tendency to be A-type, OCD, check-listed oriented; see here and here. As far as birth plans go– I’m opting not to write one. My wants/needs for labor and delivery are pretty basic.
1.) I want to try and go natural.
2.) But, I’m also not against an epidural either.
3.) I want immediate skin-to-skin time with baby boy.
4.) I want to avoid a c-section, but realize I or baby may medically need one.
5.) I’d like Mr.Dubs & my mom to be in the L&D room with me.
While I am an organizer by nature, I’ve realized that with big events such as childbirth– you have to expect the unexpected. I can’t possibly go off the stories I’ve heard from other mama friends because each child birth experience is so different and unique. I’m not going to pretend to be psychic and try to foresee what my experience will be like; especially since, most likely, it’ll be the complete opposite of whatever I conjure up in my head.
Even the short list of wants/needs I have written above– I’ve come to grips with the fact that I may or may not get all of those wishes granted and as long as there’s a healthy baby (and healthy me) on the other side, I honestly won’t need anything more.
Here’s to **HOPEFULLY** a “normal” “average” L&D to come in just a few weeks!