Nov 28 2011
I had an appointment today, and a growth check ultrasound. Asher is doing great – 3.5 pounds. The doctor said he is on track to be a “middle of the road” baby in terms of weight. That’s just fine with me. I don’t need a bruiser!
The other thing we discussed is my birth plan. I printed out the “Birth Plan Checklist” from BabyCenter and brought in a filled out copy for my chart. We went over it with the doctor and she reassured me that everything I asked for they either do by default or could be accomplished unless something went off the rails during the birth. Obviously, my main goal is to deliver a healthy baby. The birth plan is the ideal scenario. I wasn’t a Bridezilla and I don’t intend to be a Momzilla. I hope to roll with the punches like a trooper, but if everything goes to plan, here is the outline of our birth plan and the doctor’s comments:
- The only people allowed in the labor room will be The Man and our parents. The only person allowed in delivery will be The Man. (Doc says: no problem, but depending on what’s happening, you may be limited to your husband and two other people at a time, so the parents may need to take shifts).
- I’d like to be able to take pictures during labor/delivery.
- I’d like the option of returning home if I’m not in active labor.
- I’d like my partner to stay with me at all times.
- I’d like a heparin or saline lock.
- I’d like to be able to eat and drink normally and walk about as I choose. (Obviously, the epidural is going to interfere with this once I get it, but prior to that I don’t want to be on unnecessary restrictions.)
- I want to progress free of stringent time limits and have my labor augmented only if necessary.
- I want an epidural.
- I’d prefer to give birth without an episiotomy.
- I want to breastfeed as soon as possible.
- We will be donating cord blood to a public bank. (Doc says: Remember to bring your kit and TAKE IT OUT OF YOUR BAG. I forgot to take mine out! All that prep work was wasted.)
- I want all newborn procedures to take place in my presence, my partner to be with the baby at all times if I can’t be, a cot for my partner, and a private room. I also want 24 hour rooming-in with the baby. (Doc says: All this is done by default. We do kangaroo care for every baby, which means after the birth we don’t test, we don’t bathe, all we do is place the baby right on your bare chest for at least an hour. Skin-to-skin is very important to us. You’ll also have a cot for your husband no matter what, because since we do rooming-in, we know you’re going to need help.)
- I want to breastfeed exclusively. Don’t offer my baby formula or a pacifier.