Birth does not always go as planned. But one mom has proven that with determination and of course lack of complications, anything can be achieved.
Sarah Toyer, a mom from Queensland, Australia, did something incredible. She decided to do a maternal assisted C-section. She actually reached out and helped the doctors to pull the baby out of her womb.
This is not the first time that woman has opted for a maternal assisted C-section. Last year, Elle Hood from South Australia also gave birth to her third child similarly.
So how does one go about planning the birth?
Stick to your guns about what birth you want
Plan three separate birth plans:
- A plan for your medical requirements
- One birth plan for yourself
- A birth plan for your birth partner
When to write the birth plan?
You should start thinking about your birth plan around 32 weeks. This will give you the chance to consider your options and ask as many questions you want, about labour and birth in advance.
What should be the perfect birth setting?
Use your imagination to help you decide. Visualisation will help link your feelings and experiences. Imagine you are in labour and see yourself feeling great, looking good and full of confidence. Then look around you and note what all is happening around you. Put this in your plan.
Consider pain relief
Think about the options, whether you want to give birth naturally, or you can also think of taking every kind of pain relief available. Stay open minded. It pays.
Think about a C-section
20% (national average) of babies are born by C-section, though it might not be at the top of your wish list, but it is wise to get some info on C-section also. Think whether you would like a spinal block or a general anesthetic.
Write a small plan for your birth partner
You might want to write a small plan for your spouse, reminding him about what all to bring to the hospital in his bag. Here are a few suggestions- high-energy snacks, drinks, a book and a fully-charged mobile phone.
Final stages of labour
In most hospitals, an injection is given to speed up the third stage, when your placenta is delivered. If you prefer to deliver the baby naturally, make it clear in your birth plan.
After you’ve given birth
A birth plan is not just for labour. It is also a good way to make a framework for how you would like to spend those precious few minutes after your baby is born. Would you like to see the sex for yourself or be told? Do you want your baby to be cleaned up or placed straight on you? Write it all in your birth plan.