Are you guys so sick of reading about pregnancy, birth and babies yet?? I told you was going to start talking about it more! Thanks for stickin' with me :-)
Okay so onwards we go --
When I was pregnant with Bennett, I really really wanted to have a natural childbirth. (you can read a little about my feelings on that at the bottom of this old post). I had a very specific "birth plan" all laid out, and I was gonna stick to it. I felt strongly, no wait, I still feel strongly that as women, we ARE capable of having a natural childbith, drug free.
Those of you that don't know my birth story, here is the jist:
Water broke at midnight, contractions started shortly after. Per my "birth plan", I made it 9 hours into labor, all the way up to transition with out any drugs. At that point, Bennett wasn't dropping like he needed to. Why? Because he was posterior, or as most people say, he was sunny-side up. Which means that the largest part of his head was clunking down into my pelvis and in turn, that was preventing any progression. Thus, my labor was taking a little longer than it should have. So it was at this point that I decided to get an epidural, knowing full well that I would have to push a lot longer to get this baby out since he was "stuck" in my pelvis.
Long story short. My epidural failed. So as I approached being 10cm dilated, I knew I was in for it. SO. Much. PAIN.
2 hours into the "pushing phase", this kid was not coming out on his own. So... one episiotomy, a vacuum extraction attempt, another hour later & the threat of a c-section... I finally managed to get my 8.3lb baby out!!
So even though in the end, I ended up delivering him with virtually no drugs, the truth is that I WANTED THEM! Feeling ALL of that pain was ridiculous. However, looking back on it now, I am glad I went through that experience because it really made me appreciate labor/delivery.
My point here is that labor is unpredictable. There was no way for me to know that I was going to be delivering a posterior baby. There was no way for me to know that the Epidural wouldn't work. What if I had gotten it sooner? Would we have had time to administer another one perhaps? One that would work? Who knows.
So my birth plan this time? :: Go with the flow.
If my labor goes smoothly (fingers crossed!), I'm progressing quickly and the baby is anterior (face-down) the way he's supposed to be... I think I could deliver without any drugs. I mean heck, I already did that once so I could do it again.
BUT - if it's anything like with Bennett. I'm all for the epidural. And this time? I am not waiting so long! :) I have come to accept that although we may have plans, we need to remain open to things unknown. Things that we don't have control over. And it's OK to go against our plan. It really is.
How about you? Did you have a birth plan? Did you stick to it?