I’m due in one week!!!! Aaaaah! I’m going to be a mommy, very soon. I had my last antenatal appointment this week at the doctor’s office. Everything was fine, even though I have been having quite some swelling in my hands and feet in the last few weeks. I was worried it could have been pre-eclampsia signs, but my urine and blood pressure were fine as always, so nothing out of the ordinary pregnancy wise. Swelling is normal in the last few weeks and the weather has also been quite warm this month, which also contributes to the swelling. Baby is still head down and dropped down ready for delivery. His heart beat is still strong and so is the pain in my pelvis making it hard for me to get around. Sleeping has become quite uncomfortable lately as well. I used to be a big fan of sleeping, my favorite position is on my belly, which obviously won’t do now. Now, I try to sleep on my sides and it’s not easy, and then I have to get up and out of the bed a few times each night to go to the toilet and with a baby deep in your pelvis that’s no easy feat, at all.
I had a lot of fun documenting my belly progress over these last 11 weeks. I wonder if we have taken my last bump picture today? That could very possibly be true, or one or two more could happen in the next few weeks. It all depends on when baby is ready to come out. I don’t really have a feeling one way or the other, I’m not particularly anxious for labor to start, but I feel ready for when it does start. I’m just going to let it all happen and enjoy the last few days of rest before our new life as parents starts.
I also finally finished my birth plan (see below), which is basically a list of preferences for your ideal birth, and got it checked over by my midwife. She liked it. She confirmed that almost everything on my plan is the norm here anyways. The biggest difference between my plan and the norm, is me not wanting any medical pain relief. She told me that was fine (she had actually recently hypnobirthed her own daughter) and reminded me I am always allowed to change my mind, should I want to. We’ll find out how the actual birth of our little one will turn out, soon!
Birth Plan – Louana van Luttervelt
I am planning a natural birth without medical pain relief and without medical intervention at Stepping Hill Hospital. I would like to use a delivery suite with a birthing pool, if available. I would like to remain at home for as long as I feel comfortable and be attended by the community midwife at home to asses progress before going to the hospital.
Husband Yasuhiro Kotera – I wish to have him with me at ALL times.
We are looking forward to a smooth and pleasurable birth experience using Hypnobirthing. I would like to birth in an atmosphere of gentle encouragement, allowing natural birth instincts and following my body’s lead, using the Hypnobirthing breathing down techniques for as long as possible, and only pushing if necessary at the end of the birth. To create a relaxing and calm atmosphere, I would like less rather than more people in the room, so I would prefer no student doctors or midwives present during my birthing process.
Positions for Labor and Birth
I do NOT want to be on my back on a bed.
I would like an active labor, remaining upright and mobile for as long as possible. I would like to use mostly upright positions and movements that will help me cope with contractions, and change these as I wish. I would like to try to rest between contractions where possible. I would like to find my own comfortable position for pushing.
Monitoring Baby’s Heart Rate
I would like baby’s heart rate to be monitored intermittently. If continuous monitoring is needed, I would like this to be done off the bed, perhaps on a birthing ball instead.
I do NOT want any medical pain relief.
I would like to use Hypnobirthing breathing and relaxation techniques, massage, and a birthing pool (if available).
I do NOT want any interventions to speed labor up.
I would prefer to wait and take things gently, staying in tune with my body and my baby and see what happens naturally.
I wish to be very centered on myself at this stage. Information on progress and caring support will be helpful.
I do not wish to have an episiotomy unless vital and I or my husband agrees. I hope to avoid this and will appreciate support to adopt positions to minimize tears. If one occurs and if stitching is necessary, I do want a local anesthetic to be well administered prior to stitching.
I would like the baby to be placed directly onto my tummy straight after birth for immediate skin-to-skin contact. My husband would like skin-to-skin contact with our baby, as soon as possible.
Umbilical Cord & Placenta
I would like the umbilical cord to be clamped after it has stopped pulsating or at least left for as long as possible. I would like my husband to cut the cord. I wish the baby to suckle to encourage the delivery of the placenta. I would like a few minutes of bonding time before having the injection if the placenta does not come naturally.
We would like a Vitamin K injection for our baby.
Baby Feeding & Care
We do NOT want our baby to be given any formula milk.
I intend to exclusively breastfeed on demand, I would appreciate any help to do this successfully. We would like our baby to stay with one of us at all times. We would like to be consulted if our baby needs to go to special care.
I am planning a vaginal hospital birth without pain relief and without intervention / caesarean section, but, should circumstances dictate, I am willing to consider other options so long as I am fully informed of the advantages and disadvantages.
My husband and I will discuss all eventualities as they arise. Please, share any concerns with us as soon as they arise. We will be guided by balanced, informative advice. We want a healthy baby and mother and will take all necessary steps to achieve this.
It will help us to know the answers to these questions:
- What is wrong?
- What do you suggest and why?
- What would be the possible outcomes with and without this intervention?
- How much time do we have to make a decision?
- Are there any other courses of action open to us?