• my pregnancy story // changing the birth plan.

    07.06.2012 / personal, pregnancy

    changing your birth plan

    At nearly 30 weeks, I changed my birth plan from a hospital delivery to a home birth. It was a decision I had never expected to make, but one that I am so crazy comfortable with after doing loads of research and finding a midwife that I trust 100%. I’ll be honest – changing your plan nearly 3/4 of the way through your pregnancy can be unnerving, but it was a must for me. I’m sharing my story in our latest Mom.me episode and would love to hear your stories, as well…

    Did you change your birth plan? Did you guys consider alternative birthing situations, and what were your experiences? And how awesome is it that we can all choose the right path for us? We’re lucky indeed.

    Happy Friday!

    • great for listening to yourself and trusting your insticts! i hope you have a wonderful birth!

    • Desma

      It’s fabulous to hear you are having a home birth! Just over a year ago Matt and I welcomed our own little bundle of joy at home in the water and it was beyond amazing! I can’t imagine having a baby any other way. You are going to love this decision and it is going to bring you and Ken even closer together. Love it!

      • Thank you so much for your support, sweet friends!!! :)

    • I’m sure you will have a wonderful experience!!!

    • Jamsby

      My daughter was born at home (on purpose) 2 years ago and it was magical. May you have a wonderful experience!

    • I couldn’t help but notice some familiar faces in that video from our home birth just a few months ago. We made a pretty late change in the game and even with a few unexpected surprises, our birth experience was truly perfect for us. (If you wanted to read about it… http://www.rachaelgettingbetter.com/2012/04/13/noras-story/)
      I’m so excited to hear how your story turns out soon!

    • A mama’s knows best – follow your instincts, no doubt you’re going to be a great mama to your little baby :) Hope you get some rest during these last few days!

    • Proud of you, Mama. So many women don’t feel that they can take ownership and control of their birth experience and it breaks my heart. I hope that your voice will inspire and empower other expecting mothers to do their research and decide what plan is best for them. Good luck to you. You’re going to rock it.

      • Ah, thank you so much, Ash! I agree – women have been birthing for years; we were built for this! Thanks for your support. :)

    • I gave birth to our son at a birth center with midwives (very similar to home birth) and our daughter at a hospital. Both are very different and I have respect for each, but just wanted to commend you for being educated and taking ownership of your experience – it truly is the most incredible thing you will ever do. I’m excited for you!

    • Erin, that is so cool. I didn’t consider a home birth for a few reasons, the most important one being that I live in an apartment. Can you even imagine that?!?! HA! However, it was important to me to do everything I could to have a natural/drug-free childbirth and to have an OB with a more midwife mentality for my hospital birth, so that’s what I did. I had a great birth experience. I mean, I’m not gonna lie, IT FREAKING HURTS, but I was able to stick to my birth plan, didn’t have any interventions, and I didn’t have to resort to an epidural (although I did state in my birth plan that if I seriously asked for an epidural they’d better give me one).

      I even had a relatively short labor for a first-time mom. My contractions started around 3:30 in the afternoon, but at that time I wasn’t even sure if I was really in labor. That’s the funny part about all of this stuff being new. “Did the baby really kick? Was that really it?” “Am I really in labor?” “Will there really be a baby sleeping in this crib and wearing these clothes? Weird!”

      I think having a home birth in water would be awesome. Drew and I watched some beautiful home births on The Business of Being Born (I think that’s the right movie). I spent some time in the tub during labor and it helped me relax more than anything else I tried.

      Okay, shutting up now. So excited for you and your husband! xoxo

    • See, this is me. I get totally distracted and forget to tell you part of the story. Mild contractions started around 3:30, I went to the hospital around 8:30, and had Nathaniel around 12:30. Not too bad. Okay…seriously…DONE.

      • Oh such an inspiring story, Melanie – thanks for your support and perspective!!!!! :) And man, I agree – a home birth in an apartment could get tricky! :)

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