Happy Monday Sunflowers! The time has come….tomorrow I’m headed to the hospital to be induced. This journey has been unlike anything I’ve ever experienced and I am still in awe that in a matter of hours, I will be bringing a human being into this world!!! Read about how we got here as well as some final thoughts below:
Plan to Plan
Many put an emphasis on creating a birth plan. The purpose of the birth plan is to outline your preferences related to comfort measures, the use of medication and optional procedures before, during and after labor. My original birth plan was to have as natural an experience as possible. I’ve learned that while planning is helpful, what’s most important is that you remain flexible enough to do whatever is in the best interest of your baby….ultimately, my birth plan is Ameenah’s birth plan.
Educate and Advocate
Around 33 weeks, the docs became concerned with Ameenah’s weight – she was slightly under the target weight. Despite no other signs of distress, the docs recommended induction at 34 weeks. This made me nervous. Although, I know that these days delivering a baby at 34 weeks is close enough to term that the risks would be minimal, I just didn’t feel that it was right for us. After doing my research, I concluded that there was no real medical necessity for induction that early. The docs agreed to measure again in a couple of weeks and then make a decision. Although she has gained significant weight since then, she continues to measure small. Given my other risk factors, I’m much more comfortable with our current delivery plan and at almost 38 weeks, I’ll be much closer to term. The chance to finally meet our little girl in person sooner rather than later is just the icing!
I was raised to be a lifetime student. As a result, I am never intimidated by someone else’s expertise. Chances are, I’ve educated myself enough to hold my own regarding any subject I may come across especially when it directly affects me. Too often as patients, we trust professionals to make informed decisions about our health. The reality is that the professionals are the experts on the general practice of medicine, however we are the experts on our individual health therefore it takes both parties to make a truly informed, individualized treatment plan.
What’s in Your Bag?
I don’t know why packing my hospital bag was so difficult. Seems pretty simple right? Besides, there are so many resources that offer sample lists how can you go wrong? For some reason, we began packing our bag with way too much focus on the baby’s needs i.e. diapers, wipes, first aid kit (hello??? I’m still cracking up at the thought of bringing a first aid kit to the hospital LOL). It wasn’t until my sister laughed at our efforts that we realized that we were approaching this simple task all wrong. While we should be sure to include baby’s coming home outfit and blankets, the focus should be on items for my comfort as the hospital is more likely to have an extra diaper or two as opposed to toiletries or clothes for me.
We’re ready…I think
My apologies for the quick post. I’m sure I’ve learned so much more but I have a baby to prepare for \O/! Do you have any advice for the labor and delivery process? What turned out to be the most treasured item in your hospital bag? What was most helpful to you the first few days home with baby? Leave your sunshine below.
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