Have I written this blog before?
Maybe so, it's something I hit quite often in my profession. Although, not as often as some people think. I would guess maybe 5% of our patients have a birth plan where I am now. Maybe 10%, I would think the number would be closer to 2% at my last hospital.
I just have to say this is one area where you need to just be prepared to take what comes. Sure, have in your mind that you don't want an epidural but if the pain is truly more then you can sucessfully take without going out of your mind with pain, then get an epidural.
Sure, say that you don't want a c-section, but really -- who does? By saying it, I swear you increase your chance of getting it 3 fold.
But, my final plea is that if you want a home birth experience, give birth at home. We just have SO many rules at the hospital that we HAVE to follow that can't give you a home birth experience. We HAVE to monitor, we have to follow what the doctor says. It's just the way of the hospital. And we take so much risk by letting you have your way with things.
I constantly wish I could just deliver babies without policies or charting or worries. But, our friends lawyers have made that a thing of the past.
Just remember that your nurse is on your team. She wants the same thing you do -- a healthy mom and baby. It's no good trying to fight it. ;)
** After reading this post I think I sound really anti-natural birthing. And I'm not. I went 12 days past my due date with Princess P and I'm not usually an advocate for pitocin. BUT, I've just heard some crazy things lately about pitocin use and I'm not sure where people are getting it. Also, I just want my patients to realize I am ON their team. 100%.