Did you have a birth plan and if so did it go to plan?
Have you made a Birth plan for your delivery, or if you have already had your baby did you make one and did it really go to plan?
Had a sort of plan and with medical issues it went right out the window (the baby was fine, she's now 31). I ended up with an emergency C sections so never go to implement all my plans. Turned out okay though.
I think with most women the birth plan doesn't go to plan, it depend s on how much say you have with labour, unfortunately when complications arise the whole care plan changes, Im glad it turned out ok in the end!
First time round my plan was to be as drug free as possible - ha! A long and hard labour put paid to that, with forceps delivery. That was not part of the plan. A healthy baby was all that mattered by the end.
Second time around, my plan was to be more assertive with the midwife, which I was. I also planned to take meds if needed, which I did. My plan was to leave hospital as soon as possible, which was six hours, and worked out. We were very lucky.
Having a plan is, broadly speaking, a good thing, but you need to be prepared to change if needed. My main concern both times was not to have an epidural, and I'm grateful that wasn't needed.
I agree that with first pregnancies women are unsure what to expect as its never happened before, and some end up with something completely different from what they had stated on their birth plan. Second, third etc you can plan much better!
I did have a plan. however, once everything got started the plan was not followed due to the fact that everything I thought would happen was not what actually happens. For me my mind changed when I was in labor and I had a great experience.
I did have a birth plan, but as someone stated previously, when things start to happen and if they happen fast, no one has time to read your birth plan, and most likely no one will, just tell them what you want when you arrive to the hospital, tell it to your nurse and she might or might not honor your request. I told them what I wanted, but they didn't let me do it, and at the end it all turned out fine.
I did have a birth plan written out. I had also discussed everything with my midwife group, my mother, and my partner. However, the birth did not go "according to plan". It went much better!
Since it was my first baby, I "planned" on a long labor, and had made arrangements to use the birthing ball and a hot shower/bath for pain management. Since I live far from the hospital, they told me to come in when contractions were ten minutes apart. They started at 3 minutes apart when my water broke. By the time I got to the hospital, 1 minute apart and I was almost ready to deliver. I never had time to take a shower or even look at the ball.
Because labor was so fast and hard, my daughter inhaled a bit of fluid, so it was an hour before I could nurse her. That was the only thing I wished had happened differently. Everything else was perfect: fast labor, easy delivery, no drugs, and only two stitches. Sometimes nature gives us a better plan than the one we write!
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