Wednesday, September 26

Pregnancy Update | My Birth Plan

Two weeks ago, in my series, 'Weekend Musings', I spoke about how I had an appointment with a consultant about my birth plan, whether or not I was due to be having a caesarian section. I have thought all the way through my pregnancy, when it came to this issue, that no matter the outcome of the consultant's guidance, I needed to do what was best for both me and our baby girl. 

My Hip Problems

To let you in on why I have had to see a consultant, is because ever since I was a baby, I have struggled with my right hip. As a baby, the doctor told my parents that it was just a 'clicky hip', something that I'd grow out of. Instead, when I was 7 years old, I sat down with my legs crossed on the carpet in school, and when instructed by the teacher to go back to the table to do the work, I couldn't get up. My hip had completely locked in place. I sat there, crying my eyes out, terrified why my legs wouldn't do their job and so my mother came rushing back from work to pick me up and take me to the hospital. I stayed there for the day and had various doctors analyse what had happened, with me then leaving in a wheelchair and I stayed put in the wheelchair for 7 days. The doctors had no idea what had caused it and so once I was out of my wheelchair, I had various appointments, here and there, but no real investigation into my hip took place. I then struggled with this throughout the coming years, until I was 15, where I would literally be locked in place by my hip. I had MRI scans, blood tests, X Rays - you name it. No one knew what was the cause. The problem with my hip resurfaced when I was 21 years old and I went through I period of struggling to climb the stairs or drive my car. 

I started to undergo more consultants, MRI scans, X Rays and blood tests. Then, when I was 23, I had an arthrogram. This is where they inject a fluorescent dye into your hip socket and then perform an MRI scan on you to identify any abnormalities in the hip socket. Fast forward to January 2018, to when now 24 years old and I had a different consultant who had retrieved the arthrogram pictures, finding that I had an almost shark fin part of cartilage in my hip socket. I was due to have key hole surgery on this but I as I found out I was pregnant in March 2018, I was discharged from receiving any further treatment. Now I am pregnant, I have been referred to a consultant who has contacted my previous hip consultant to find out if I can give birth naturally or whether I am best to have a caesarian section. 

My Birth Plan

As promised in last week's blog post, I would give you an update on what was happening with regards to the birth of our baby girl. My consultant appointment went extremely well and I am happy to say that I have received the all clear to go ahead with a natural, water birth where I can put into practise all of my hypnobirthing techniques! And with that, comes the birth plan, which I know, can alter drastically depending on the situation. However, it's better to have a plan, right?

  • As already stated, I am going to opt for a water birth. As I go swimming regularly, I feel at peace in the water and therefore believe that it will have the same calming effects on me when I am in the second stage of labour. 
  • Well really this should be the first point, but I am going to use the hypnobirthing techniques used from the antenatal classes Ben and I attended together in July/August. This is something I intend to pursue throughout the whole labour as I want to keep as calm as possible for both my sake and our baby's sake.
  • As I have been identified as Group B Strep Positive, I will be receiving an intravenous drip of antibiotics throughout the time that I am in labour in the hospital. 
  • I am willing to have an epidural if need be. Of course I would prefer to try without (and by no means am I implying that it is a failure to go for an epidural) but if the pain is too much for me, then I most definitely will. I have to say, my pain threshold isn't all that good and so I think that it will be something that I do go for. 
  • I am going to have gas and air whilst in labour prior to opting (if I do) for an epidural.
  • I do not want student midwives or doctors present in the room. This is purely because I want this moment to be between me and Ben, in a calming, quiet environment. Of course there will be a midwife or two coming in and out of the room to check on my progress, but if I can help it, I won't have anyone else in there. 

I think that's all for now, I will make sure to write down my birth plan for the midwife in charge of overseeing the delivery of our little baby girl. But until then, if you have anything to add, please do! I am open to suggestions.

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