I am 38 weeks now. This means that the baby could come at any point from now until week 42, so looks like we are having an April baby. My feet are swollen and I can’t seem to shake the fluid unless I stay on the couch at all times with my feet up in the air. My belly has increased in size this week a lot and when pregnant women refer to themselves as feeling heavy and whale like – I have finally reached that point and now understand.
A Birth Plan is not something everyone will have or want to think about. Me on the other-hand I like to be organised and I also like to know what I am getting myself into. Over the past few months I have done loads of reading about what could happen and researching my options while I am at the hospital. Us woman have rights you know.
With my student midwife I went over my lengthy version of my birth plan so she would know what I want and how I want to birth my baby. I have made a simplified version for the hospital when I go. A one pager with big letters, about the most important things. Its amazing how much the medical system has changed over the years and is now very accommodating.
My plan is to have a natural birth. Bringing this point across to the hospital staff is very important. Roy is going to be my spokesperson while I am in labour as I want to concentrate on my breathing and keeping myself as calm as possible. I have done loads of reading about Hypnobirthing and active labour. I have also been doing pregnancy yoga over the past few weeks with Carrie of Joy Mumma. I think I should be in my zen and if not, at least I know how to get into it.
A good birth plan needs to be very clear. Your partner must also understand your wishes along with any other midwife/doula you have engaged with for your birth. When you arrive at the hospital or birth centre you can also pass along your birth plan to the staff. Keep it to a one page number with bullet points, so it is easy to read and reference.
There are no right or wrong birth plans it is all down to the individual and the family. A few points that I really wanted to stress is that I want a natural birth, minimal monitoring, Roy as my spokesperson, I will provide my own water*, skin to skin contact immediately after birth, the cord to stop pulsating before cutting and no one is to ask how my level of pain is.
*I am a water snob, living on tank water I am blessed to have the best tasting stuff ever. So I don’t want to drink the water at the hospital.