When Birth Plans Don't Go As Planned
Making a list and checking it twice… no, not gearing up yet for the madness of Christmas shopping, I'm talking about the process of putting the final touches on my birth plan four years ago.
Birth plans communicate to the hospital staff the mother’s preferences for labor management, medication usage, and handling of the newborn according to Pregnancy Today .
Jessica Alba’s birth plan includes her desire for the hypnobirthing method for the arrival of her second child. I clicked on the link not because I was so much interested in Alba’s parenting techniques, but because I haven’t heard the term birthing plan used since my gestation and it was well a little nostalgic. (You can only flip through the scrapbook so many times.)
The article also took me back to when I became a birthing maniac or as my husband recalled “off my rocker.” I was so obsessed with giving my daughter the best start in life, I devoured anything related to pregnancy and birth. By the way, I was labeled “off my rocker” after bringing my husband up to speed on my latest findings on Placentophagy, in which the mother’s first meal after the birth is really the after birth! That’s just how far down the road I traveled on the highway of TMI.
I began drafting my son/daughter’s (wasn’t sure of the sex at this point because I read that the ultrasound waves were equivalent to the noise of a helicopter to us) birth plan in my fifth month and submitted the final draft to my OB a few days before the due date/deadline. Considering it had taken me months to compose my birth plan, I marveled at what must have been his photographic memory as he had read and signed off on it in a matter of seconds. Not long enough for me to finish boasting about my extensive research, as if he should have given me the white coat off of his back. My birth coach insisted that my birth plan be included in my medical chart, to which my OB countered to just bring it with me.Continued on the next page