Hanne asked me about a birth plan today. I'm afraid I rambled on for quite some time in a reply email (obviously I've done this before and got carried away). I will share a portion of it with you all as it was quite fun to actually type the sequence of events. Of course I am probably missing a few things, but...
The short of it (as it happened in the past):
- If in active labor... we get checked into hospital.
- Go to MAC assessment area (maternal), where they confirm I am in active labor
- Get admitted.
- Make sure all paperwork is secured and they know this is a surrogate birth.
- Everyone comes by and says HI and they're excited to see me/us again. :)
- Depending on dilation and whether or not my water has broken, we proceed.
- IV inserted (hoping maybe I can avoid it this time if we are not doing pitocin).
- Monitor, monitor, check dilation, monitor.
- Epidural (comes before we get too far along and I cannot get one).
- Ahhhh, no more pain.
- Dilation, baby works for us, moving along...
- Get ready to labor down (push) and the room gets busy.
- Pushing baby out for me generally takes about 60 minutes (on average).
- I am oftentimes put on oxygen.
- Barring any further complications, Baby is born!