I've had some questions about our plans for birth for Baby Brother. Just like before, we are planning on a natural birth at a freestanding birth center. And I am so, so excited.
I know, weird. Who gets excited to be in unimaginable pain for an unspecified length of time? Especially since at a birth center, I will not have any medical pain relief options. But I am confident the experience will be super amazing.
Case in point: when I went to fill out my birth plan, there literally wasn't anything I needed to request. Everything we wanted - quiet music, low lights, limited people in the room, the ability to move around during labor, a waterbirth - it's all what they do there anyway! I love the feeling of mutual respect (our opinions and options are discussed with even the smallest of procedures) and the passion surrounding all our care providers about birth and babies. I know this isn't going to be just another "day at work" for these women providing our care - it's going to be a loving, relaxed, and individualized environment.
I was asked at one of my appointment that if I could sum up how I want our birth experience to be in one word, what would it be? For me, I most strive for Peaceful. I think about how being born is the most stressful experience of our lives, how confusing and frightening it must be for a little baby to go from a warm, safe, quiet environment to loud talking, strange hands, and bright lights... I want to make the transition for our sweet little babe as easy and peaceful as possible.
How about you? What were your priorities during birth?