It’s ironic that I choose today to write this post because it’s precisely four weeks before my projected due date… It’s so exciting! I can’t believe how quickly time is flying by right now.
Thankfully, we’ve purchased and received everything we’ll need for his delivery. Anything extra isn’t really essential, because we can take our time buying it. However, I’m also wondering whether to have the baby monitor now or after he’s born.
There seems to be too much more to think about and figure out, but I understand that you will never be fully prepared for anything like this. Last week, I attended my second successful birth class, which was extremely helpful in emotionally preparing me for the birth.
We learned a new breathing method, sat in a different place, discussed the phases of labour, and generally spoke about our upcoming births and spouses.
As a result of everyone’s reminders that the baby might come at any moment, I began preparing my labour bag. I do need to purchase a few items, such as toiletries and sleepwear, but other than that, I’m good to go. I just purchased several lovely organic breast pads and pregnancy pads from Amazon, and they seem to be of excellent standard.
I’m so in love with my hospital bag, the Pink Lining asked me to study it – stay tuned for a more informative article on what’s inside! In the coming weeks, I’ll be attending a lot of social functions, so this bag will be accompanying me everywhere.
I had my midwife consultation last week, which I still look forward to. My blood checks and daily checkups were both normal, and my midwife was pleased with how we were doing. Listening to his heart beat is always my favourite aspect of these check-ups; it’s still so consistent and steady.
His dimensions, as well as my weight, seem to be accurate. It’s so comforting to hear that we’re going into labour in good shape. Speaking of which, with the aid of this awesome online blueprint from Earth Mama Angel Baby, I’ve finally written down a labour and delivery schedule.
Now I understand why, even though you schedule the ideal labour, nothing would actually go as planned in these circumstances. Lori’s renaming of her birth schedule, which she dubbed her’Birth Preference,’ since that’s exactly what it is, was brilliant. My strategy is focused on my ideal labour, but I’ve provided for some wiggle room:
The first stages of labour
I would prefer that no action be made during the first phases of labour.
Labor’s second stage
I continue to use natural ways to deal with the discomfort, such as breathing, massage, relaxing, and taking a shower or bath.
To help gravity to do its job, I’d like to be able to walk and step about during labour.
Intermittent baby tracking so that I can switch about as often as possible.
I’d like to attempt new poses during the second period of labour to help me stay calm.
Compresses, compression, and breathing exercises are also natural ways to avoid ripping. There would be no episiotomy until it is medically necessary.
After formation, make immediate skin-to-skin communication and delay any procedures.
Until clamping, wait for the string to finish pulsing.
Labor’s third level
Without the usage of pitocin, I would like the placenta to be born naturally.
When it comes to labour, there’s really a lot to consider! I want to have a normal birth and not using any drugs if at all necessary. As I previously said, I am unsure about how strong my pain tolerance is, but if I believe I need medical assistance in the form of medications, I would not feel like a loser for requesting them.
I want my labour to be a positive and empowering activity free of pain and discomfort. I learned how to visualise each contraction and how to breathe correctly for each level of labour in active labour lessons. I’m feeling really optimistic about my labour, and I’m hoping to make the best of each contraction.
Another factor brought to my mind by the birth plan design was delaying the cord clamping, which I also incorporated in my plan. When I shared this fascinating article on how this approach will help babies on my Facebook page a while ago, I received some good reviews.
It was not something I had considered before reading this essay and seeing it in the birth plan prototype. My midwife, after interacting with her, was still very enthusiastic about it. There are already a couple of nutrients in the cord, so I’d like to take advantage of this chance to let it finish pulsing according to your suggestions.
Also, if I go past my due date, I’d rather try natural methods to trigger labour naturally rather than getting induced.
So that’s the basic overview of my birth plan, but I understand that things will alter. My sister-in-law informed me over the weekend that her birth dream for my niece was totally thrown out the window.
However, understanding that I’ve prepared myself and considered what I want to happen makes me feel stronger. I’m certain that Alfie would be a wonderful and loving birth partner as well. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for the big day!
What do you believe would be included in your birth plan? Have you considered something I’ve described above if you’ve had children?
Also, I’m curious as to what you did about your placenta after you gave birth. It’s certainly worth investigating, but placenta smoothies or consuming it aren’t my cup of tea!
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