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What kind of birth plan did you have?

  1. Anagram

    eggplant / 11716 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: a note about the sports bra idea...if you have an IV for any reason, you won't be able to get the sports bra down for skin to skin, unless it's the type that unhooks.

    If you want a bra, I would get a regular nursing bra that clips in the front or back, so you can pull it down easily for skin to skin.

  2. Mrs. Lemon-Lime

    wonderful pea / 17279 posts

    @peaches1038: is a picc line same as a heplock (that's in my plan)?

    @Anagram: thanks! The bra I wanted to wear is comfy for sleeping because it doesn't have any hardware. I'll look for a nursing bra instead. I'm hoping the baby will be able to crawl to the breast for the first feed.

  3. looch

    wonderful pear / 26210 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: I labored in my own clothing, it was hospital policy. So I had on a bra and a long sleeved tee.

    As for the checkups, we had to go to the office to see the ped, so someone had to be with the baby, they didn't do rounds in the rooms or nursery specifically.

  4. Mrs. Pickle

    blogger / wonderful cherry / 21628 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: DD stayed in the room with me. The pediatrician came by to check her out. However when she needed some tests she had to go to the nursery and we didn't go with her. If everything had been routine she would have stayed with me the entire time. As far as bras go I am uncomfortable being bra free. I sleep in sports bras. I wore a soft bra that has straps that can unhook during labor and delivery. (A Coobie bra). When it was time for skin to skin A nurse helped me unhook it and push it down.

  5. peaches1038

    nectarine / 2047 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: yes, I meant heplock! Mom brain

  6. Foodnerd81

    wonderful cherry / 21504 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: almost everything was done in the room with me, per hospital policy. They did take her several hours after birth to do the first vaccine (hepatitis?) vitamin k and eye ointment, I think, and I believe DH went with her? It was a blur. Then her breathing was slightly fast so they took her monitor that once a day, but I had them do it at night so I could sleep while they did. I don't think it needs to be in the birth plan since you will be awake and able to talk about it anyway.

    I didn't want to labor in my clothes anyway. But had med free birth and no iv or anything. Intermittent monitoring was standard.

  7. Eko

    nectarine / 2148 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: I think as most people suggested they were able to wear a sports bra. Sometimes I think it depends on how labor goes. For me, the pushing was super quick, only lasted 11 minutes. As soon as DS was born they put him on my chest and leaved him there the entire time the placenta was delivered. Just in my personal situation I really enjoyed not having anything on when they immediately put DS on my chest.

    On a side note, I remember I was feeling very very agitated during labor and probably would've been pissed off if I had to take cloths off. I ended up yelling at the doctors when they asked if I wanted to 'see' the baby.

  8. pastemoo

    cantaloupe / 6146 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: Our hospital has one where you check your own boxes that they pre-list, and then there are a few lines to add stuff you might want.
    I really like that because I can customize it, but the staff are familiar with it. I plan to highlight the top three most important things.

    Did you decide on your finalized plan?

  9. Mrs. Lemon-Lime

    wonderful pea / 17279 posts

    @pastemoo: I did and so far two of the five care providers I have reviewed the plan with have signed off on it.

  10. pastemoo

    cantaloupe / 6146 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: yay!

  11. SFMummy

    pea / 6 posts

    I didn't have one! I told the nurses I wanted pain meds, and that was that. Three separate ones actually told me they were so happy when people didn't have crazy birth plans, and that not having one seems to mean an easy labor. I pushed 15 minutes, and the whole thing lasted 7 hours. I also didn't take birthing classes, so the whole winging it thing is more my personality. I think the key is to do whatever you feel comfortable with! If you want a long one, make a long one, don't want one, skip it; etc.

  12. cat620

    pear / 1809 posts

    I had a full one paged typed birth plan with my second son about how I wanted to have a natural birth and lots of bonding time. I think a lot of what I put on there is standard hospital procedure anyway, but I really wanted to have a certain type of experience. However, after being in labor for 48 hours with a posterior baby and my water was broken the whole time, I ended up with a C-section, so nothing on my birth plan happened the way I envisioned it. I realized then that while the birth plan might have made me feel like I could control what happened, the reality is that I couldn't. At least not with a c-section. So with my second birth, which was a VBAC, I had no birth plan. I just said I'm trying for a VBAC, but please do whatever is necessary to keep myself and the baby healthy. My VBAC was successful, and it was a great birth experience!

  13. Mrs. Lemon-Lime

    wonderful pea / 17279 posts

    @aprild: that's awesome you were able to have a VBAC!

  14. pastemoo

    cantaloupe / 6146 posts

    @aprild: congrats on your VBAC!
    My VBAC plan has the top 4 things:
    1. have my husband near me at all times
    2. don't offer pain medication unless i ask for it
    3. i would like to be conscious for the birth, and if i am not, i want my husband to be there for it
    4. donate cord blood if possible

    that is 4 more things than were on my C-section birth's birth plan
    and the rest is just check boxes on the hospital's form

  15. sarac

    pomelo / 5093 posts

    @Mrs. Lemon-Lime: I didn't have a birth plan for my second, because everything I wanted was just hospital policy anyway. I labored in my own clothing (maternity leggings and a long sleeved tee) until it was time to get into the birthing tub, at which point I took everything off except my sports bra. I think I just pulled it up to put the baby to breast? I can't even remember. But it wasn't a problem. I'd planned to deliver naked, but that's just what felt right in the moment.


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