Most of my readers, I assume, are already breastfeeding mothers. I would love your help and advice on this post’s topic!
Did you write a birth plan? I plan on writing one. I am having a hospital birth because the waiting lists for midwives is long and lonely in Montreal (to be fair, we just moved here and I didn’t get on the list until I was already eight weeks pregnant). So far, I have had one visit with my new doctor and felt very comfortable with her. The hospital has a great breastfeeding policy, in accordance with the World Health Organization. They also implement the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, although I don’t think they are accredited by Unicef. I admit that in my first visit the actual birth (and therefore my ideas of what I want) didn’t come up. I didn’t bring them up. I have my second appointment next week and I am going to make sure I begin the conversation. I am sixteen weeks pregnant and I don’t think it’s too early. I believe that the more I talk with my doctor, the more she’ll understand my needs.
This will be my first child, but I feel lucky that I already have a few birth experiences. I was in the delivery room when both my nieces were born. My sister had midwives for both births. The insight of watching my sister be fully in control of her experience was eye-opening. Her midwives were gentle guides, but my sister was the boss. Up until her pregnancy I was under the belief that you just go to the hospital and do what the professionals tell you!
I don’t want to make out like I think hospitals, doctors and nurses are barbaric goons that want to pull my baby out with forceps because their shift ends in ten minutes, but there is a reality to just allowing routine hospital practices to be performed during births (see the slightly sensational video below). I’m not ready to have a home birth. Although low risk home births are just as safe with a midwife as low-risk hospital births, I want to be in a hospital with professionals there to take care of baby and me if something goes wrong. If something goes wrong… If all is going normal and naturally as our bodies are designed, than I want to have limited (no!) medical intervention.
So I am going to write a birth plan. I am going to put as much detail as I can and be sure that my husband and my mother (a trained doula, who will be in the room with me) know what I want and will act as my voice when I am in the throes of labour kindly requesting drugs!
My birth experience will directly impact the first few moments and minutes, hours and weeks with my new baby. I realize my birth plan will have to be flexible, but more importantly it has to be written. I want to breastfeed. I want to have a natural childbirth. My birth plan is my way of supporting myself!
This is a very intersting short documentary posted on www.thebirthingsite.com about the topic. It definitely promotes home births and birthing centres, but the bottom line is that it promotes empowerment. We have rights and choices when it comes to our bodies and our babies. Knowledge is power!
Did you write a birth plan? How did having one (or not having one) affect your birth experience?
I would love to hear stories!
~Sara @ Momzelle
Here are other resources:
Writing a Birth Plan