Day 25 of Countdown to Oliver: Birth Plan

Today (or yesterday, rather) was about the birth plan. The husband and I have already discussed and decided on how we want things to play out, but it was time to put in it on paper and get my OB and hospital up to speed.

With our first, we just played it by ear, no birth plan, and let the birth process go how it went, which worked well. I was in labor for about 4 hours, pushed for 10-15 minutes and there was our beautiful daughter. No ridiculous horror story needed. We’re hoping to take the same approach with the birth process this time and let things happen as naturally as possible.

I do, however, have a couple different requests that go against the general norm for after the baby is born, which is why I decided to make a birth plan this time. These are two of them:

  1. Delayed cord clamping
  2. Immediate skin-to-skin for the first 1-2 hours (most routine cleaning/procedure steps can be done on the mother’s chest; the rest can be completed later)–this can also be referred to as “kangaroo care”

These are articles and studies that explain the idea behind the above part of my birth plan:

The Countdown List:

1. Create the segment “Countdown to Oliver” and make list
2. Make a hospital bag
3. Create a baby registry
4. Prepare the baby’s space
5. Set-up pediatrician visits and appointments
6. Install the carseat
7. Have a pampering day
8. Prepare birthing plan
9. Wash shower curtains, rugs and sheets
10. *Reader’s idea*
11. Finish an art project
12. Finish a book
13. Create an exercise regimen for the final 4 weeks
14. Take a sewing class and make something for the newest babe
15. Have a special mom and daughter day with Ella
16. (Re)organize files and paperwork
17. Finalize plans with the OB
18. Prepare for visiting family
19. Cleaning day
20. *Reader’s idea*
21. Meal prep (frozen meals)
22. Write a letter to the new baby
23. Prepare announcements to send out after birth
24. Date night
25. Invest in post baby clothes
26. Clean pumping and feeding items
27. Take a class
28. Clean the carpets and floors
29. Stock up on toiletries, diapers and groceries
30. *Reader’s idea*

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