Sunday, January 15, 2012

Birth Plan- Part 1

I'm calling this Part 1 of the birth plan since I'm only 14 weeks and I'm sure in the 26 weeks I will be making additions and changes to my plan, but I do want to write about it as I go. Please keep in mine that my plans are just that, mine. So please don't tell me you think I'm wrong or get offended if my ideas don't mesh with your own. I know that my opinions and beliefs about childbirth don't work for everyone, and that's fine, because they work for me. 


Already I've been told that I'm crazy for how I want to deliver this baby. And while I understand that people have their own opinion on childbirth, I don't understand their need to push their beliefs on me. I don't look down on people who want to do things differently from me, that's their choice. 


 I've known from the get-go that I want a natural childbirth. I am not saying that when push comes to shove (haha, get it?) that I won't take any pain meds. I can't claim that when I've never experienced anything like this before. However I am adamant that I do not want an epidural and that I want minimal to no pain meds. I'm by no means an all-natural or organic type person. However, I am very against epidurals for two major reasons:


1) My baby. I'm spending 9 (really 10) months trying to protect this little life from all the things that can harm it. I'm avoiding chemicals, raw fish, caffeine and a whole host of other things that may affect a growing fetus. I even avoid things that aren't scientifically proven to be unsafe, just because there is a chance it could hurt the baby. Why, then, at the moment my baby is entering the world, would I expose the baby to major drugs? It just seems stupid to me. Research shows that epidurals not only slow down labor, which is hard on the baby, but that the drugs go right into the baby's bloodstream. I know labor is painful, I'm not deluding myself that it won't be, but I also know that it's my job to protect my baby and I feel like taking drugs to ease my discomfort is not the way to go.


2) Needles scare the poop out of me. Especially ones in my back. The thought alone of an epidural makes me feel a little faint and sick. No way in hell am I letting someone stick a giant needle in my back. Even if I felt like it was perfectly safe and would make me more comfortable... hells no. Not happening. 


I know I don't have the greatest tolerance for pain... I'm a downright wimp. But I also know that I've never had any good come out of pain before, so that will change things. I also have some plans for reducing labor pain that I will write about at a future date. I know it's going to be tough. I know it wont be fun, but I also know that it is worth it to me to do this for my baby.

2 comments:

  1. Great post. I know what I want for my birth plan but I'm having trouble getting it on paper in the way I want my doctor and the hospital staff to read it. If you haven't already, watch the business of being born. I feel like it strengthened me in my determination to go natural.

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  2. Looks like a great birth plan! Glad I found you from the "It's Ok" Thursday Blog Hop! You can find me at www.lucasandmahina.com.

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