I am going public, but I am high risk so under OB care. My last two babies were started off with induction at 38 weeks, and it will be the same this time. An OB will start the induction and the midwives will do the whole labour and birth bit. I manage with just gas ok so will probably just go for that again, I'm not allowed an epidural so that's off the table regardless.
My last two births I have gotten to 5cm and my pain has all of sudden gone through the roof, I have asked to be checked each time before any further pain medication is administered and at the same time for the midwives to stretch my cervix, both times I have gone from 5cm to fully dilated in 2mins, and then bub is out 5mins later. So I'm really hoping that it goes super quick like that again!
I've copied my birth plan from the last two times in here as a reference, it was really well received by the midwives, it's simple requests and not demanding, and also open to change if need be, which I think they appreciate when reading and trying to follow. The more 'this is the way it has to go' you are about the whole process the less likely they are to be pro-active about it, well that's my experience anyway. The first time I used it, both midwives read it and set everything up, made changes along the way without needing to ask me, it was really pleasant and made for a great birth experience. My last birth I had an experienced midwife and a trainee, the trainee was adamant she knew more about my body than I did and was resistant to the birth plan, but didn't refuse any of it. She also scoffed at me being able to dilate 5cm in 2mins, and then got the shock of her life when the whole labour turned out exactly how I said it was going to, and even funnier at the exact time I said bub was going to be born. Her face was hilarious and I wish I had of gotten a picture
It was still a good labour though.BIRTH PLAN
I understand that not everything will work the way that I would prefer and that circumstances change in an instant, however these are the options that I would like to try and work with and I am open to things going differently to what's expected.. SUPPORT PERSON
My husband and my mother will be my only support personsPREFERENCES
To have cold water to drink, or ice available to munch on
I would like a few pictures of my baby straight after birth
I would like the lights to be dim for the labour and birthPAIN RELIEF
I would like to be able to use the shower in the early stages
I would like to be able to move around and try different positions
I would like to be able to use the gas first
If needed, I would then like pethidine to be offered before anything else
I am unable to have epidural due to back problems and a previous failure for it to work. The anaesthetist has recommended an alternative if need be.
I would like support with my pain management and help to stretch out time between pain relief requests.OTHER LABOUR PREFERENCES
I would prefer to tear naturally, rather than have an episiotomy
I would prefer the use of the vacuum over forceps
I would prefer limited monitoring, however understand that it is sometimes necessary. I would mainly like to be able to move into different positions and not be stuck on my back for long periods of time.
I would like to be able to have the bean bag available.
I would prefer if my husband cut the cord.
I would prefer that any cannulas to be put into the back of my hands instead of in my arms.AFTER BIRTH
I would like to see the placenta after birth, and after that it can be discarded.
If all is ok with baby and myself after birth I would like to take part in he 48 hour discharge programFEEDING BABY
I have had previous supply issues with three of my children and attachment issues with my second. I would like to attempt breastfeeding and would like support to do so. Being diabetic I know that my baby will have to have regular feeds to help stabilise sugars, however I would like breast milk offered before formula and help with attaching.
If all else fails I would at least like to give my baby the colostrum.
This post has been edited by MickeyBoo: 02/02/2012, 01:39 PM