I have always been an advocate of having a Birth plan or some kind of birth wishes when giving birth in a hospital. Not a plan that isn’t flexible, or has unreasonable expectations, but just guidelines that you would like for your own care.
For the majority of my pregnancy I planned to be having a scheduled c-section, and of course I have been working on making it the most positive experience it can be since I have had two pretty crappy experiences in the past. I knew the hand I was dealt, and decided to make the best of it.
And then the planets aligned and my streak of bad luck has turned into an opportunity to avoid major surgery, and take advantage of the new ACOG guidelines which accept a trial of labor after two previous c-sections as safe. Something most have known all along, although the stigma surrounding VBAC in general is still very negative. It seems like the ignorant once a cesarean, always a cesarean still is floating around today, although the recommendations, and safety guidelines have drastically changed.
As most of my friends and family know, I will do anything to have to avoid a third c-section, not because I want to make some kind of ignorant or dangerous choice, but because I want to have the healthiest experience possible not only for my daughter, but also for myself, and my own recovery. Let’s face it, c-sections are not without major risks to moms! Who wouldn’t want to avoid one?
Now, after my appointment last Friday, my positive cesarean has taken a back burner, and I have started to work on a game plan if I go into labor on my own. If I do not go into labor on my own before my scheduled c-section date, I will be going ahead with my c-section as we originally planned.
Just to get that out there!
If I do go into labor on my own, I will be heading to the hospital, and being under the care of the midwife that attended my labor and c-section with my second son Ben, along side of the OB/GYN that is in charge of the practice who gave me the green light for a trial of labor. But other than that… I am not making any other plans. I have learned that planning for x, y, or z only ends in disappointment sometimes, and I would rather make this the most positive experience we can and have full control of the situation instead of what we have gone through in the past.
But there you have it for all those who have asked in the past couple days… that is my plan for the time being.
Will things change tomorrow? Who knows!