Sharon - posted on 08/03/2009 ( 14 moms have responded )
Its a big now-a-days to have a birthplan. Only most women I talk to on the internet don't call it that.
A birth plan details what you want and how you want it in the delivery room. Its not enough that you have one in your head and its not enough for you mention to your doctor "I don't want a c-section."
You have to show why. Longer recovery time, no support system at home for the invasive procedure after care, whatever and why ever - you have to spell it out. No episiotomy - you'd rather tear (I've heard, I really have) etc. If your doctor won't accede to your plan - you're going to have problems in the delivery room and that is something no one wants.
SO. Now you have a doctor who agrees with everything you want. You have to make sure the birthplan is in your file and is on file at the hospital you intend to deliver at.
I got lucky with my first son and had an excellent delivery team. My second son - not quite as smoothly and the new birth plan thing I had learned about wasn't in my file so when we got to the hospital and my doctor was out of town I panicked, fortunately my doctor remembered the quirky lady with all the crazy new fangled ideas and said to do things my way. And I got my way.
My third child - almost peferct. The anesthesiologist was late in getting to my room and was an asshole to boot but otherwise I got exactly what I wanted.
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