Birth Plan : 2 Weeks To Go

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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.

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Lizzie Moult

Lizzie Moult

Planning, cooking, chasing kids & running an online business; it might seem like there is a lot going on. Yet Lizzie is all about living simply and creating a flexible lifestyle that enables plenty of travel, adventure and quality time. A lifestyle writer and photographer for over 10 years for numerous publications, working online for over 14 years Lizzie also works as a mentor for women who are looking to create and live a life with passion & purpose at www.lizziemoult.com.
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12 Responses

  1. Hi Lizzie
    Am thrilled at your news … I had no idea. Congratulations to you both! It’s great that you’ve got yourself organised so early, and have a clear idea of the birth plan you’d like. Though the birth experience can change our minds at the time, so remember to go easy on yourself … there’s no right or wrong, just what’s right for you and bub. All the very best, and I look forward to seeing pics of the new little one when they’ve arrived. Best, Susan

  2. Lizzie not long now! You and Roy must be getting so excited! I remember how excited Tim and I were when we were so close to having Bodhi – it was such joy to know that we would be holding our little one soon. Good for you that you are making your birthing wishes clear – birthing is such a beautiful and natural process made all the more special when you are supported in having it the way you wish.

  3. Best of luck for a beautiful, peaceful and positive birth experience. It will move you in ways you never thought possible.

    I recently had my second child and can’t agree more on how important it is to have your care provider on board with your preferences and hopes.

  4. So close now Lizzie!
    It’s good to have your birth plan. I never wrote a plan down but we knew exactly what we wanted and so did our midwives – which was basically no intervention whatsoever. A natural birth. We pretty much got there too. Love that you’ll be taking your own water, that’s great.

    1. To be honest Carla, I am more excited about when baby comes thats the fun part. I know what I am in for, I am looking forward to being a mum. I know there is a lot of hard work involved but at the same time its a labour of love. Cant wait.

  5. How exciting for you, though the anticipation for an extended period (I was a 42 weeker with my first born) can get a little draining after a while. I had my second with a mid-wife led one-to-one program so saw the same midwife for all appoints, the birth and then several home visits afterwards. It was great because I developed my birth plan slowly with her and we both knew it inside out – as did my partner. When it came to the actual birth the whole thing was 45 mins from first contraction to placenta appearing – and thirty of those minutes where in the car – so there was much time to do anything except strip off and push so to speak, but I felt comfortable about the whole process and knew everyone in the room extremely well. I think having your plan is fantastic and setting up your environment so you feel relaxed and calm is very important. Good luck! I hope you have as calm and natural a birth as you hope for – though a little longer than mine might be more calm!

    1. 45 min is an incredibly short labour, but it sounds like you handled it well. Its great to hear positive birth stories as the days lead up to my due date. I am sure bub is going to come when it wants so I now just have to deal with waddling along for the next few weeks and keep my feet up.

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