Friday, October 21, 2011

Follow-Up Friday: Know Your Options

If you follow this blog, you'll quickly discover that I am a huge proponent of Natural Birth.  However, you will also learn that I am an even bigger proponent of being educated and knowing exactly what kind of birth you want, whether medicated or natural.  I think it is so important that you go into your birthing experience knowing what to expect and how you want to handle every stage of the process.  If you want a natural birth, how will you manage the pain? If you want a medicated birth, what medications do you want to use? Which do you not want?  Are you okay using medication to induce labor, or would you prefer to let nature takes its course?  Theses things (and many more) are things that you would address in your birth plan (see last week's post), but how can you make your birth plan if you don't know your options.

There are so many different things to decide for your labor (pain management techniques, your view on induction, your view on episiotomy, pushing position, will you save the cord blood, when to clamp the cord, will you save your placenta, what will you wear, who will be in the room, and on and on and on ...). Once you are in labor it isn't going to be easy to make decisions, so make them before you are in the middle of all the madness that is childbirth  It is important to remember that even if you do opt for the epidural, you will experience pain at some point in labor, it woukd be a good idea to have a plan for how  to handle it.  Here is the outline from The Bump that I used to create my birth plan: http://pregnant.thebump.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-tools/articles/tool-birth-plan.aspx
You'll see when you go over the list just how many things there are to think about when planning for the exact experience you want.  Start researching everything now and by the time you are ready to have that baby you will ready to handle any situation that comes your way.

Here are some great resources for Natural Birth methods:
http://www.americanpregnancy.org/labornbirth/naturaldeliverytechniques.html
http://www.bradleybirth.com/
American Academy of Husband-Coached Childbirth 1-800-423-2397
http://www.lamaze.org/
http://www.hypnobirthing.com/
http://www.alexandertechnique.com/
http://www.alexandertech.org/
Here are some articles from Mayo Clinic that help to explain the different medicinal options to manage pain:
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/labor-pain/PR00065
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/labor-and-delivery/PR00105

Now, your homework is to go out and prepare your birth plans!

3 comments:

thebirthmuse said...

Hi! I am a new follower and we connected originally on Twitter. I want to add my book "Natural Hospital Birth" the list of hopefully helpful resources! I am also a big fan of birth plans and don't understand the idea that even natural birth proponents put out there of remaining "flexible." If we don't plan for our ideal birth, we'll never get it. Of course we can be flexible and roll with the reality of whatever the baby and Universe send us, but we have to know what we want in our hearts first.

Carmen said...

Agree completely, a birth plan doens't mean we can't be flexible, it just means we are prepared to handle every step, whatever comes our way. Your book sounds great, I had a natural birth in a hospital birth center. I'll have to check it out, thank you!

Tess and Cody said...

Hi! I just started following you. I found your site through MBC. I don't have a kid yet, but we're trying so I hope to use your blog as a learning tool. I love it!
Tess,
inlovebythebeach.blogspot.com

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