I wouldn't call it worry. No. But maybe a recent, powerful preoccupation. As I mentioned last week, I am beginning to realize our baby girl -- the one that holds nightly raves in my uterus -- will emerge at some point in the next 16 weeks. It's going to happen. And I need to prepare.
I've received mixed opinions on the best way to do so. Everything ranging from "try not to think about that part" to "arm yourself with knowledge -- learn everything you can" to "your body will know what to do" to "that's what the epidural is for!"
My current birth plan? I haven't written one. My midwife and I have discussed it little up until this point, but what I have expressed is that I'm flexible. I've always been extremely squeamish about medical interventions -- needles and such. I'd like to try things naturally for this reason foremost. Of course, I'm also fascinated by the entire process and understand that women have done it drug-free since the beginning of time. So, for me . . . that would be the best-case scenario.
However, I also understand that I'm hyper-sensitive. I can deal with a lot of pain and have much endurance. But only when it's still somewhat under my control. I've never experienced childbirth, so I find little reason to be rigid with my plan. It's a great unknown.
At this point, I'm favoring personal experience over clinical write-ups and textbook-style info (I've read most of all these books already) about the entire pregnancy, birth, and post-pregnancy thing.
- Guide to Childbirth (Ina May Gaskin): Though a bit on the super-natural end, I like reading through all the personal experiences. My midwife suggested this book, but also warned me about the hippie-dippy references to The Farm, etc. I haven't yet reached the book's second half, which should explain more about the mechanics of it all.
- It Sucked, Then I Cried (Heather Armstrong)
- Exploiting My Baby (Teresa Strasser)
- Tons of blogs (Emily listed them all conveniently in her pregnancy resources post), including my recent-favorite, Marvelous Kiddo.
Mama Natural's 3-Part natural childbirth video series on YouTube.
Part I: Labor
Part II: Delivery
Part III: Reflections
- There are a lot of childbirth videos on YouTube, but I decided I liked this series best because of the honesty. Especially in the reflection part, where Mama Natural explains how -- though she had prepared in multiple ways before the labor/delivery of her son, all that stuff sort of left her mind during the actual process.
- I've also watched Ricki Lake's The Business of Being Born. For those of you who haven't seen it (though, most have, I'm sure), it's available instantly on Netflix.
- Thankfully I'm not home much to watch A Baby Story and like-shows on TLC. But in the event that I am around, I do sneak a few in from time to time.
- This week, we're touring both of our local hospitals to see what options are available at each. Tubs, birthing balls, private versus shared rooms, pre-registration options, IV policies, food, etc. Anything else I should ask about?
- We're signing up to take the birthing class given by my midwife and the other one in her practice. The date is October 1st, and it's an intense 1-day session.
- I'm trying my best to stay fit and active. I've started practicing prenatal yoga at home. I continue to run and walk. All the activity is good for my body. And it's also keeping my stress at bay
How did YOU prepare for childbirth? Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaker [at] gmail [dot] com.
NEED TO CATCH UP?
22 Weeks: I Gave In
21 Weeks & Nursery Progress
20 Down, 20 More/Less To Go
19 Weeks and Babymoon
Week 18 -- It's a GIRL!
17-Week Video Post
17 Weeks and Preggo Brain
16-Week Belly Shots
15-Week Video Post
15 Weeks and Counting . . .
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13 Weeks and Cravings . . .
How We Found Out
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