Although I’m a day past my technical due date according to the ultrasound, I have yet to consent to the doctor conducting an internal check to see how dilated is ye old cervix. He said we’d check this week, and I said, “Deal,” but I think Amyhas inspired me to stick with “Nah…”
For someone who is a control freak, it’s kind of ironic that I don’t care.
I don’t feel like it will give me any helpful information, since even if I’m at 6 or 7 centimeters, I’m not going to just “be admitted” to the hospital to sit around and wait, stressing out about doing nothing. I’m not a good sitter!
Besides that, anytime anything enters the vaginal canal, there is a chance of infection.Nothing good comes of the information and potentially something bad (including inducing labor, which I don’t quite feel ready for yet!).
So I skip it.
I skip a lot of things.
I probably drive the obstetrician and his staff nuts with my casual “no thanks” at every turn, but baby is healthy, I am healthy, and that’s my only goal.
When we go to the hospital to deliver this little blessing, I want to have a plan laid out as well for what I feel will be the healthiest, safest birth possible. Although I’m certainly willing to be logical and allow deviations from “the plan” based on common sense and sound medicine, I also want the team of doctors and nurses to understand my wishes.
There are 3 copies of our Bradley Method Birth Planin the bag I (finally) packed for the hospital, which hopefully will help me get the birth I want.
With my first, we had to deviate a bit on the “baby with mommy right after birth” because my son had meconium in the amniotic fluid and needed an hour of oxygen. However, I advocated for myselfand had them move both bed and bassinet so that I could touch and talk to my baby while he recuperated. I think they figured out I was serious when I tried to get out of bed to stand next to him for an hour!
You can read my full birth plan at Green…Your Way today, along with a downloadable printableif you want to edit it for yourself and see all the bolding and underlining I include on the real thing.
Here’s a bit of the article:
“I don’t care if you stand on your head to push as long as baby is doing okay.”
It seemed like every time I saw my new OB-GYN, he reassured me that I could have the birth I wanted (unless there was a medical problem) with this sentence. A few weeks back I threatened that I was really going to do it, just because he kept using the example, and he hasn’t mentioned acrobatics since.
Now he says he doesn’t care if I do voodoo in the corner, which actually has less likelihood of becoming reality than the headstand!
I feel pretty confident that I have a quality OB who won’t push me to do things I don’t want to do in labor and will discuss each issue logically. Nonetheless, I’ll still have a few copies of our Bradley Method birth plan with us for all the nurses (and perhaps the doctor on call if it’s not my own) who won’t know this green, crunchy mother when they see her coming.
We crafted this birth plan during our Bradley Method classes six years agoand have made only minor changes since then for two babies going on three. I remember sharing it with my former OB on the first go-around, and I was on the defensive immediately because I was under the impression that I would have a battle to get what I wanted: a natural birth.
Read the rest right HERE…
Check out yesterday’s post for a list of what I’ve written on pregnancy and babies so far (including quick meals for when I’m soooooo busy) and some fun baby shower gifts from around the blogosphere.
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