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What’s the plan? My Labour and Birth Plan

My Labour and Birth Plan

With our due date fast approaching it’s been time for us to sit down and think about our labour and birth plan for baby Theo’s arrival.

I like to feel ‘in control’ and organised and so writing up a birth plan, or at least my wishes for his birth, has really helped me to feel more prepared.

We were lucky enough to have a planned home-birth with our first child, Lily. I was a young mum but felt like our decision was, for the most part, completely supported – we had an incredible team of midwives who were 100% behind our decision to have her at home.

My labour itself was definitely a much more positive experience because of the fact that I went through it at home – we had minimal monitoring (in fact the midwives only arrived 15 minutes before Lily did!) and it was so much more relaxing.

Of course it hurt *duh* but I felt strong and in control the entire time – I only had Scott and our midwives there and it was an amazing experience.

If I can I would really like to have the same with Theo.

At the moment my plan for a home birth has been approved but this little man has been a bit troublesome and is still transverse so we will need to wait and see if the hospital are still happy to have the home birth team assist me.

I also know that birth plans don’t always go to plan – babies have a way of arriving exactly when and where they want to after all!

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The Labour Environment

I’ve been reading a lot about hypnobirthing and the power of environment during labour. And no I’m not some kind of hippy but I completely understand the science behind the theories.

Our environment has such an impact on how we feel in general that I can 100% see how it would affect labour too.

Even if I do end up needing to transfer to hospital it is for this reason that my first wish is to do most (if not all) of my labouring at home.

I have created a little ‘birth kit’ which is in a bag in my wardrobe – it’s got a few things that I feel would benefit me and help to create a positive and comfortable environment during labour. I’ll do a full post on what I’ve packed in my hospital bags later but in this little kit are the following things:

  • Candles and matches
  • Massage Oil
  • Essential Oils – lavender, citrus and clary sage
  • Microwaveable wheat bag
  • Hairbands
  • Music

I know that I find candlelight and warmth to be relaxing and comforting and so the candles and microwaveable bag were the first things I put aside. To save any fumbling around for matches when I’m in labour I put a small box in there ready.

At home we also have a Himalayan salt lamp which lets off a really lovely warm light so that will be switched on.

With my first birth most of the pain that I felt was in my back – my hot water bottle was a life saver but I hated how quickly it went cold and then how long it took to refill – the microwaveable wheat bag I’ve purchased is so much quicker to use.

Massage helps stimulate the production of endorphins which are natural pain killers and help your mood. I’ve put in a base carrier oil (almond) and some essential oils that are safe during labour.

Some essential oils need to be avoided so make sure you do your research if you plan to use them.

I’ve got lavender for it’s relaxation properties, clary sage which can help make contractions stronger and citrus which I find energising.

Having my hair down during labour will only make me feel hot and bothered so a few hairbands were a must, I’ve packed some simple ties and an alice band to help keep my hair off of my face.

Some women find that silence is golden during labour, whereas others like having music playing in the background.

I’m not sure how I will feel and so I’ve created a playlist that can be played if I feel like it – obviously if I want quiet then I can have it switched off.

During Labour

At the end of the day my essential goal is to deliver our baby safely. Everything else is a positive on top of that.

And so this is a list of ‘wishes’ for during my labour – these are the ideals for me however I appreciate that should circumstances change so will our plans.

1st Stage of Labour

I would like:

  • To remain as active as possible with the freedom to walk around, change position, use bath or birthing pool (still not decided on whether or not to have pool!).
  • Monitoring of the baby to be kept to a minimum unless there is cause for concern.
  • Intervention to be kept to the minimum.
  • All possible interventions should be explained and discussed.
  • I would like to go without pain relief apart from massage and water.
  • Only my husband and midwife around me.

Transition and 2nd Stage of Labour

During transition I would like:

  • Minimal intrusion.
  • Gentle but firm support and guidance.

Throughout the 2nd Stage of Labour I would like:

  • To be able to find my own comfortable position for pushing.
  • To push instinctively, in my own way, in my own time.
  • I do not want an episiotomy unless vital.
  • Freedom to give birth in whatever location I choose – including in the water.
  • I would like to hear words of encouragement and to be told where I am in labour.
  • To be reminded to relax and breath the baby down.
  • To hold the baby straight away after birth for skin to skin contact.

Postpartum

I would like:

  • The cord to remain attached until it stops pulsating and for my partner to be offered opportunity to cut the cord.
  • I would like to deliver the placenta naturally if possible.
  • Skin to skin contact.
  • To have the baby in the room with us at all times.
  • Anaesthetic if stitching is required.

Emergencies

We appreciate that labour might not go to plan and that we may need to transfer to hospital for care during or after labour.

I would like to discuss all issues if and when they arise and make informed choices for myself and baby. If I do need to transfer to hospital I would like my husband and midwife in the ambulance.

I would like to avoid the use of forceps or a caesarean section. If I do need a C-section I would like to discuss pain relief options to help make an informed choice.

My husband should be with me in theatre. After a C-section I would like immediate skin to skin contact and baby to be kept with us at all times.

Labour Birth Plan

And there you have it – my labour and birth plan.

Hopefully we get the labour that we want – and I’ll certainly be sharing that story with you once he’s here!

Did you have a birth plan? Did you get the labour you wanted?

Alex

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25 Comments

  • Reply Suzy McCullough April 27, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    You sound so organised. I feel at peace just reading your plan. I wish you the best of luck and hopefully you can follow the vast majority of your labour and birth.

  • Reply Rachel April 29, 2018 at 11:01 am

    Sounds like you have a good birth plan. I hope it all goes to plan – good luck!

  • Reply Laura Dove April 29, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    You are so organised! I didn’t have a birth plan for any of my five, I think I was just happy to go with the flow with my first and my other four were inductions. The only thing for me was knowing that I didn’t want an epidural!

    • Reply bettertogetherhome April 29, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Unfortunately I’ve now got a fractured pelvis after a fall yesterday so might not get any of this haha! xx

  • Reply Lisa (Travel Loving Family) April 29, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    You are very organised! Best of luck to you. I hope the birth goes to plan and your baby is happy and healthy x

    • Reply bettertogetherhome April 29, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Thanks I’m such an organisation freak – unfortunately I’ve now got a fractured pelvis after a fall yesterday so might not get any of this!

  • Reply Pati April 29, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    I wish i read your post when i was in labour – you are way more organised than i was -and thats a great thing x and i hope this post reaches a lot of new mums to be x its brilliant x

  • Reply Fran Back With A Bump April 30, 2018 at 7:03 am

    This sounds a good birth plan and exciting it’s not far away. It’s good you’re being realistic about what you’d really like and what you’ll have if not as some people seem to set their hearts on something and then not be able to have it. I never bothered with mine as just went with the flow- two of which were prem so everything was out the window anyway! With all of mine I knew I didn’t want a c section unless essential but otherwise that was about it!
    I really hope you get the relaxed experience you’re hoping for and it all goes smoothly!

  • Reply Tracy April 30, 2018 at 7:18 am

    I hear you about wanting (and feeling more comfortable) when it control of a situation. However, I didn’t plan anything with my labours. In fact, I read very little and had no classes as I knew knowing too much would scare the pants off me. I had my babies in Sweden and the midwives were amazing. I kind of let them do their thing and guide me! Hope you get to have your second baby at home – it must be an amazing experience!

  • Reply Lauren Davis April 30, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    Sounds like you are super organised! I hope everything goes to plan for you 🙂

  • Reply AMY - All about a Mummy April 30, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Sounds like a good birth plan to me. Unfortunately both my labours were completely ‘unnatural’ and my birth plans went out the window with an induction and then elective C section. So I had no idea what early stage labour feels like.

  • Reply Rhian Westbury April 30, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    It sounds like you’re really well prepped and organised with what you’re hoping for your birth which I think is a great thing x

  • Reply Jenni April 30, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    I had a loose collection of ideas, I wanted to be at the hospital but I wanted to have a water birth and I wanted my husband with me and I wanted to use only gas and air for pain relief (as well as the water). Skin to skin straight away. I was so lucky in that things went according to my ‘plan’/ideas

  • Reply The WIllow Tree April 30, 2018 at 8:34 pm

    This sounds like a controlled and prepped birth plan!! I didn’t write anything down for my end and 3rd :/ But mine were pretty quick and it all happened before i could think about it! If i was to have a fourth (yikes!) id like to consider a home birth!

  • Reply Emily / Babies and Beauty April 30, 2018 at 8:35 pm

    How organised are you? I’m the same with feeling in control though and thankfully I got my labours I wanted both times.

  • Reply Annette, 3 Little Buttons April 30, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Oh wow, you are so super organised. I love how you have even factored in after the birth too. It can’t hurt to be prepared from all angles. Exciting times ahead 🙂 xx

  • Reply Cliona April 30, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    It’s fantastic that you had a home birth already and I really hope it all does well for you this time too! I’m sure it really does make it a better experience – I did feel like there was way too much medical intervention when my first girl was born.

  • Reply Abi - Something About Baby May 1, 2018 at 6:58 am

    I totally agree with you about being in control – even though my first labour didn’t go to plan at All, and I had an elective section for my second baby, I still needed to write a birth plan so I had some kind of control over what was happening. I had a back labour with my first and my hot water bottle was my saviour too!! Wishing you all the best with the birth, I really hope you have a positive experience like your first!

  • Reply Michelle Kellogg May 1, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    Sounds like a great birth plan. I didn’t really have a plan with either kid other than I knew I wanted music in the recovery room with me and my baby. I wanted natural births but that didn’t pan out. I hope your birth plan is a success:)

  • Reply Janet May 1, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    Best wishes for the birth, I hope he moves into position in time. Chances are he will of course. All those aromas that you have packed sound lovely.

  • Reply Siobhan | The Baby Boat Diaries May 1, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    This sounds like you have thought out every possibility! And I really hope you do get the birth you want! I planned ahead as I was hoping for a home birth this time (baby was born 16 weeks ago) and I read the positive birth book cover to cover. Unfortunately my birth plans were tipped on the head when little man arrived at 34 weeks! I ended up with a hospital birth but thanks to being better educated this time and having an amazing midwife it wasn’t too bad! xxx

  • Reply Beth @ BethinaBox.com May 1, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    Oh, I’m sorry you have fractured your pelvis. I hope you are okay otherwise!

    I planned 3 homebirths but didn’t get one at all. Good luck with it all. I hope you do get your wishes. 😀

  • Reply Sharon Powell May 2, 2018 at 7:18 am

    Sounds like the perfect birth plan. I hope it all works out the way you want, it close to x

  • Reply Tooting Mama May 3, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Sounds like a fabulous birthing plan you have put so much thought and research into this.

  • Reply Jane - Our Little Escapades May 4, 2018 at 5:53 am

    A very good birth plan. My first pregnancy ended in an emergency c-section which means I opted for this with my second. I hope it all goes to plan for you x

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