Since I turn 36 weeks pregnant on Saturday, I figured it was time to tell you all about our birth plan. Yes, I’m one of those people who like to plan…but don’t worry, I didn’t go overboard with the birth plan.
I explain a lot in the vlog but read below afterwards for more:
(I look scary in this thumbnail…woo hoo YouTube!)
Like I said in the video, I think when you plan out too much, you’re setting yourself up for something to not go your way. Now, don’t get me wrong, I totally think you need to educate yourself on all of your options and all of the possibilities of what might happen…but I really think you MUST be flexible!
My husband and I spent a lot of time doing our research and reading books, and for us…a natural water birth is what we think we’d like.
Why a natural birth? – Well, we honestly think it’s what’s best for both me and Baby Mabel. The less drugs in my system, the better! 😉 Long story short, I’ve read some studies that show that drugs like pitocin and epidurals can slow down labor, put stress on the baby and then increase your chances of getting a c-section. Please understand that these are just our views and I don’t judge at all if these things are part of your birth plan. 🙂 They just aren’t part of ours.
Because we knew wanting a natural birth was so important to us, we decided to have our baby at a midwife run birth center where they don’t give pitocin or epidurals. I figured if those two things weren’t an option in the first place, I’d be less likely to be talked into getting them.
Why a water birth? – Simple, water is shown to be a natural pain reliever! Plus, it just looks nice and our birth center has a water birth room…so why not take advantage of at least trying it? From the videos I’ve watched on other water births, babies seem to be born more calm in the water…it seems to make the transition smoother. And, the water seems to reduce the amount of tears moms have while giving birth since the water helps to soften and warm your perineum. Yep, sign me up!