Birth Plan?

So, I keep hearing things about a "birth plan". Apparently, some women write out a lengthy plan describing everything from music they want playing during their labor to what they want to eat after they give birth! While I am a planner... for some reason, this is different to me. I understand that this is something very hard to "plan" as you really have no idea what will happen. So, I think I will just make a list... a nice, short, bulleted list of the top 6 or 8 most important things to Kevin and I when we enter that hospital.

To start... one of the most important things for me is medication. I have always felt very strongly about unnecessary medications. I have never been one to grab a bottle of Tylenol at the first sign of a headache. So, why should my childbirth be any different? I find it amazing when I get a crazy look after I tell someone that I want to avoid pain medication (for various, multiple reasons). Everyone is completely different so if an epidural is right for one person, why should it be right for someone else? (and NO, one of my reasons is not because I am afraid of needles!!!). It seems to me a much better reaction to such news would be praise and encouragement. I know it is not going to be easy... I know I will probably scream for drugs at some point... however, I really want my doctor and my husband to stand behind my decision and help me get through it without medicine (if at all possible). I also know that something could go wrong and/or that I might seriously underestimate my high pain threshold!

So, until the time comes, I won't be able to make a final decision. But right now, my decision is to avoid any unnecessary medications.


  1. GOOD luck with going natural. I think it is awesome and if you can do it, you will be a hero! I made it 9 hours and it was just too much--esp. only being 1 cm. Plus I ended up having a c-section so it was a good call I guess. It is a pain like no other, but amazing to feel in a way, knowing that you are bringing a baby into the world. Stick to it girl! You can do it!

  2. Kudos!! I am so glad that you are going to try to go natural. Be aware that childbirth DOES hurt. The best way to get through it is to be prepared - take a class or read a book, seriously!! If you want to talk about Bradley, give me a call....

  3. You sound just like me when I was pregnant. If I had not had a c section, I think I could have done it without the meds.. The key is the breathing and meditation. Even though it will hurt, when you focus on your breathing techniques, the time really does pass by. You are a strong person, I know you can do it. I would make sure an anesthesiologist is available if you do decide you want one. I've heard stories of people waiting then one not being available. So excited for you!!!

  4. I have absolutely no doubt that you can do this!! With all of the advice flying around remember that everyone has their OWN birth story, and so will you..and it will be what you decide that it will be...You're right...it will be tough...but is is obviously "doable"...and I know you, and if it can be done YOU will do it!! I love you, you're awesome!

  5. oh, that was me...Shawn : )


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