A mom, a baby, and a Christmas tree at 25 weeks.
This may be a little early to be talking about this, but it is constantly on my mind. Let me first say...above all else we pray for a healthy baby...this is the MOST important thing.
Now, onto the serious stuff.
My goal...to have a completely different birth experience than I had with Rhett.
A little back story. I went into labor with Rhett on my due date. I had NO birth plan. I didn't want the pressure of a birth plan. I wanted to birth without epidural, but I promised I wouldn't be too hard on myself if I needed an epidural. After being in labor for almost 20 hours...I needed an epidural. From then on it was a downward spiral. Pitocin, baby's heart beat in distress, push for 3 1/2 hours, emergency c-section, had to be put to sleep, and Dan couldn't be in the room. We didn't get to hear, "It's a boy." We didn't get to hear the first cry. I couldn't stay awake the first time I held Rhett. This was definitely not what we thought would happen. It turned out he was posterior and almost 10 pounds. The OB didn't know he was posterior until the c-section. Above all the disappointment...we had a HEALTHY baby.
Now, I have a plan. I know what I want. I will not let the OB give me pitocin, I will try not to get an epidural (I still won't be too hard on myself if I need an epidural), I will stand up for myself, I will make SURE the baby isn't posterior before I push for 3 1/2 hours, I will make sure the person who gives me the epidural is experienced, and I will have a Vbac (Vaginal Birth After C-section). I will not have a C-section unless we (Dan, me, and the OB) determine that it is necessary (Breech, posterior, or emergency) .
The plan...After the holidays I will be going on a low-carb diet to help the baby stay smallish, I will do everything I can to help the baby not be posterior (Did you know there ARE things you can do?), I will demand more from my OB, and I will have a Vbac, because I CAN.
I have a fabulous OB, who not only is ok with a Vbac, but she said if we think a C-section is necessary, I can go into labor. The thought of scheduling a C-section makes me very sad. I want to go into labor.
In the mean time I'm reading and planning. This was a great article that has helped to empower me. I'm also daydreaming about pushing this baby out, hearing the gender, hearing the first cry, and being awake for the first feeding...this daydream is amazing and brings tears to my eyes every time.