February 2013 Moms

Birth Plan Retrospection Survey

Did your birth go along with your Birth Plan? Yes, no, not at all?

My plan was for an un-medicated natural birth and I ended up with a heavily medicated c-section. Just curious, looking back, how many of us had similar experiences...

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  • My birth plan went out the window five days before E was born... when they scheduled my induction, lol. That aside, it was a wonderful, amazing experience, and I can't wait to try again!
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  • The first baby, I didn't even write a birth plan. I just kind of went in planning to go with the flow. I ended with an induction that landed me in the operating room for a csection.

    Second baby, I totally wrote out a birth plan. My husba

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  • I had a typed out "plan" the first time around, and I forgot it on the way to the hospital. I still knew what I wanted and talked to the nurses and my doctor about things as we went along.  I didn't even bother this time, but since I had to get
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  • Wanted an intervention free water birth at home, and that's what I got! Couldn't be happier.
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  • With dd, I planned to have an unmediated vaginal birth, and bf right away. I had what started as an unmedicated csection, that went to general anesthesia.  They had to give her formula before I woke up.

    this time, I wanted to vbac, hopefully

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  • djhardjhar
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    My plan for a natural birth with no interventions wasn't looking so hot once I was diagnosed with pre-e at 28 weeks. (Even before that, when I had the placenta previa at 18 weeks it was doubtful). But I still hoped for an intervention free birth or at

  • Although I discussed my birth plan with my OB, it didn't even make it out of my bag at the hospital.

    The nurses were very supportive of the fact that I wanted to go med-free and allowed me to labor however I was comfortable. That being said, once

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  • With DD1 I had wanted to try med-free but wasn't going to kick myself if I ended up with an epi. Instead, I got an unplanned c/s at 34w because of HELLP.

    With DD2, I wanted to try a VBAC (the default option around here) but ended up needing anoth

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  • I didn't really have a birth plan.  I was terrified of pain and wanted the option of an epi as soon as possible and wanted to avoid Pitocin (more because of my fear of painful contractions than anything else).  I also wanted to walk as much a

  • I didn't really have a plan. I wanted to void a c section of course, but I would have been okay with whatever was needed to safely get the baby out. I knew I was most likely going to get an epidural, and I did. I was able to have a vaginal delivery. The o
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  • I just planned on showing up and getting him out without pain meds. I did but I also planned on it hurting way less than the first time which it didn't.
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  • I didn't write a birth plan but I planned an all natural water birth in a freestanding birth center and that's exactly what I got. It was amazing and I love thinking about that experience. 
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  • DS1 had plan for unmedicated birth with immediate skin to skin, bfing, and no eye goop. It went exactly as planned with the exception of an episiotomy. My Dr "made a little extra room".

    DS2 had another unmedicated birth planned same as above
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  • We didn't even manage to bring our birth plan to the hospital. I kept meaning to print it out and didn't and then we were in such a rush getting out the door that we didn't even think of it. But everything went great and I wouldn't have changed a thing. W
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  • jcar2jcar2
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    I didn't have a birth plan per se.  I really wanted a vaginal birth with maybe getting an epidural.  I ended up being induced...then got the epidural to hopefully speed things up.  I was progressing slowly, but I really didn't think the

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  • I was very fortunate to have the birth experience I hoped for.  The only thing I didn't plan on/like was DH having a norovirus while I was in labor.
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  • I actually had the birth I hoped for with DS1, as well.  This time, though, I requested delayed cord clamping, etc.  That was absolutely wonderful.  The hospital in which I delivered DS1 kind of whisked him away for the first few minutes of
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  • I had a birth plan before I hit 42 weeks and had to be induced. I had a feeling nothing would go as I hoped. And it didn't, lol. I'm like you, OP, and hoped for a pain med-free birth, but ended up going under general anesthesia for an emergency c-secti

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  • My plan was a medfree, natural birth at the hospital. I had a very detailed plan and I was very happy that my dr okayed everything. It went flying out the window when I failed to progress when my waters broke and DS's heart rate kept dropping. Ended up wi
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  • I had planned on just relying on narcotics for pain, but without ruling out the possibility of an epidural. Also was hoping to labor at home for as long as possible and avoid any medical interventions.

    At the end of the day, we were induced at 41

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  • Pretty much.  I planned a HB.  It ended up being unassisted but I was at home, so I guess I got my birth wish.
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    The only thing that really wasn't part of my plan was being in labor for 28.5 hours.  :)

    Seriously though, I had a pretty detailed plan and I am so glad I did because when the unexpected happened the nurses and midwife knew what my preferences
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  • I did not do a birth plan with either one. I just went into it with FX that I wouldn't need a C section.
    With DS1, I was induced because he was 2 weeks late and I never went into labor. I waited until I was 7cm then got an epi. After pushing f
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  • My plan was pretty much just to do what felt right at the time. The vonly thing i didnt really want was morphine which i ended up getting anyway, thinking i would be there all day, and i gave birth 3.5 hours later! I wanted an epi but never got one becaus
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  • Not at all but I don't regret my birth experience. I had hoped for an unmediated birth but after having false labor contrax for a week and back labor, I gave in and got an epidural. I have no regrets with my decision because it made labor manageable. Did
  • Nope, but mine was loosely "go with the flow vaginal birth plan." I was induced at 40 wks 2d due to getting pre-e. failed 48-hr induction led to c-section. 
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  • My birth plan was very wishy-washy. They say that your births will go similarly to your mother's so I planned it that way. She was induced with 5 of her 6 births, even when her water broke naturally. She just failed to progress. 

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  • Mine was pretty close.  I was shooting for an un-medicated vaginal birth, and I didn't want to be hooked up to an IV.  Well, I got my vaginal birth and they let me do a hep lock instead of being hooked up to an IV the whole time, but after 3+

  • With 2-3 very minor issues, we stuck to my birth plan of a med-free, intervention-free birth.  I feel so grateful.  The only things that took place that I didn't want were: 1) I ended up having my membranes swept at my 40 week appt. (and this wa
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  • The short answer: no

    The plan was to labour at home as long as possible, then to the hospital, get the epi and vaginal delivery.

    Contractions started at 5 min apart. Headed to hospital within a couple of hours. No time for the
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