@Cbeanz, I think there’s a difference between creating a detailed birth plan that outlines every possible scenario you could potentially face and having a conversation with your doctor and nursing staff about hopes and expectations. You don’t need a formalized plan to have open communication with your caregivers. My doctor knew my stance on things, we talked throughout the process, and decisions were made together. I wouldn’t consider that a birth plan, and I certainly didn’t lose autonomy of my body at any point.
jenniferjoy37 said:I’m of the mindset that healthy baby, healthy mama no matter what. It may be traumatic (emergency c-section, 24+ hr labor) but whatever way baby and mama survive is the best option, IMO.
Maybe I'm wrong, but my lack of a formal birth plan does not mean for a second that I am unable to advocate for myself! No doctor or nurse has ever done anything to me in L&D without having a conversation with me first. Not having a birth plan does not mean I am laying in the hospital helpless and at the mercy of the doctor and nurses.
Before I was "too far gone" my nurse asked me "What is your plan for interventions, what are you ok with"... I had done my research and thought about it with my husband prior so we told her right then and there, she wrote it on the whiteboard and we proceeded on with labour. That was my birth plan.