Hi friends! Happy Tuesday!
I’ve shared a lot of birth posts in the past if you are new around here: Max’s birth story, the real story (when I felt more comfortable saying he was born right above the toilet), Drew’s hilarious perspective on birth, and my recent letter of encouragement to myself and preparation.
Without further adieu, let’s dig in and learn more!
Ames: How many of your patients come in with detailed birth plans? Do you find that mama-to-be with the birth plan is pretty adamant about sticking to the plan?
Rachael: I would say birth plans are somewhat rare (at Froedtert) due to our population being high risk. But, there are some women who come in with detailed birth plans. I do find that mama-to-be’s are pretty adamant about their plans and as the nurse I always try my best to accommodate. We are definitely advocates for our patients as nurses and I feel strongly about helping women reach their labor and delivery goals. The problem we come across as nurses is when patient’s become so dead set on their plan that it interferes with the safety of the baby and patient themselves. My suggestion with birth plans is to keep your goals in mind (and their are some plans with goals that are 100% reachable), but also be okay with everything not going exactly according to plan. Every labor and delivery process is beautiful no matter how it is accomplished.
Amanda: Yes, totally! I think now that I’ve been in this position and had a baby of my own, I’ll be able to relate better since I know what it feels like. I know I can make suggestions for coping with labor both mentally and physically based on what worked for me.
Amanda: Research and practice!!!! It’s so important to practice breathing and practice focusing on your labor rather than just winging it. I read a book called ‘Hypnobirthing: The Mongan Method’ Whole I was pregnant and it was so informative about giving birth naturally! There were different breathing techniques to practice and different mantras to practice as well, that way you can use them during your labor and birth. It’s not easy to go through labor but if you research and figure out how you want it to go and what you want to do, it makes it doable. You never know how the pain is going to be until you go through it but it’s not something you can wing. Just like running a marathon, you need to practice, condition and train yourself both mentally and physically!