I have my next midwife appointment scheduled for the 11th April at which point it will be time to sit down and work out my birth plan. I have pretty much been in denial about how I am going to get this baby boy out of my growing belly and the bigger it gets the more I try to block it out. But I can't live in denial forever. I wish it could be as simple as the stork dropping the baby into the bassinet beside my bed while I slept but unfortunately that isn't quite how it works (sadly for us woman folk!) and I somehow need to push this baby out. To be honest at this point I am a whole lot more excited about giving birth than I am terrified, but I am sure as the time draws closer that will change! I have only 13 weeks and 3 days to go and the closer I get the more people ask me what my birth plans are. Will I have an epidural? Will I try a natural birth? At hospital or at home? Eek! I have started doing some research and:
#1. I will definately be having this baby at the main hospital in my city. I have nothing against homebirths but I'm not taking any chances. The smaller hospital closer to home which I know is a nicer environment does not have any obs or access to drugs and if something does start going wrong you have to be taken to the larger hospital via ambulance as they don't have the facilities to deal with it. I just don't want to risk it.
#2. Epidurals - I think I would like to try a natural birth but have the option of an epidural if I want it. I don't know if that decision is based on me wanting a natural birth or based on the fact that many of the woman I have spoken to about their birth experiences are against epidurals and managed to birth without one, putting the fear of god into me that epidurals are bad. My midwife is a bit old school and seems to be singing the same tune. The jury is still out on this one. Do I really want to endure all that pain when I don't have to?
#3. Waterbirth. I think this is what I want to try. The hospital we are going to is newly renovated and each birthing unit now has a birthing pool and I think I would like to attempt this. My midwife said the hospital isn't overly keen on waterbirths but will allow it if the midwife is happy to do this and mine is. I'm still thinking about this one though and really need to do some more research.
Those of you who have given birth before - did you have a birth plan? Did you stick to it or did it go out the window completely when the time came? Did you have an epidural? Those who haven't given birth before whether you are still TTC or currently pregnant - is this anything you have given much thought to?
Any advice/opinions more than welcome!