I debated for awhile if I was going to write about what option Ryan & I chose for child birth. There are so many different techniques and options out there. I truly believe that everybody is different and should research and make the decision for themselves. So please know that I'm not judging anybody else for making different decisions then we are. Heck, my birth plan may completely change when I go into labor! I wouldn't say that I'm hardcore about natural childbirth. I can just see the benefits to it but understand that it may not be possible for me. All that being said the bottom line is that I want a healthy child and healthy mom at the end of all of this. That is the goal!
You probably guessed by the title of this post that we've decided to try out the Bradley Method. Here is the definition that I snagged from their website.
"The Bradley Method® teaches natural childbirth and views birth as a natural process. It is our belief that most women with proper education, preparation, and the help of a loving and supportive coach can be taught to give birth naturally. The Bradley Method® is a system of natural labor techniques in which a woman and her coach play an active part. It is a simple method of increasing self-awareness, teaching a woman how to deal with the stress of labor by tuning in to her own body. The Bradley Method® encourages mothers to trust their bodies using natural breathing, relaxation, nutrition, exercise, and education."
I heard about this from several friends who have used this method to give birth naturally. I never thought I would even consider that option until I started researching it a little bit. The statistics show that giving birth naturally (without any drugs) provides healthier moms mentally, emotionally and physically. So Ryan & I decided to sign up for the class just to test the waters even though I wasn't fully committed to it at the beginning. It's twelve weeks long and goes over everything from staying healthy during pregnancy, laboring, breastfeeding and postpartum. I used this website to look up a certified instructor in our area.
If everything goes accordingly I hope to push through the pain and exhaustion to achieve a natural childbirth. However, I realize that every labor is different and I'm not going to beat myself up if my birth plan ends up changing. I can't predict what will happen. I can only go in prepared with positive thoughts. We did end up hiring a doula to help us through the laboring process. I figured since my mom (had a c-section) and husband haven't gone through this before it would be nice to have someone there that knows what's normal and what's not. Ha! The plan is to labor at home for as long as I can before heading to the hospital which is only about 5 minutes from my house.
I am well aware that I may end up needing a c-section if Maggie decides to stay breached but chances are she will flip. Fingers crossed because I'm terrified of surgery, needles and things going into my spine! Choosing a birth plan is extremely personal and worth researching what is best for you & your baby. If anyone has questions about this I'd be happy to share our experience from the class but know I am obviously not an expert! I love reading people's birth stories no matter what they look like because in the end you still get a beautiful baby to bring home.