I am new here, my name is Melodie. We have 6 beautiful children already, and are expecting #7 in June of 2010. Growing up with a mother in the medical profession, I have always been one to just do as I'm told, because the Medical staff know what they're doing and what's best. My Mom was a L&D nurse for years, and moved on to NICU for the majority of her career. So this field especially, it was ingrained into me, to just listen to the Dr's and medical staff. I'm SO excited to be learning the things I am learning, since watching Ricki and Abby's video!! (Thanks so much ladies, for doing this!!!)
Right now I'm in the process of trying to figure out a birth plan. I live in a small community with no access to resources like Midwives or Doula's. And of the 2 choices for OB's in our town, I'm very blessed to have gotten in with the "Good" one. I'm a little nervous about all of this though - about whether he will be open to the things I am thinking I want to do differently with this labour - as well, I KNOW the nursing staff will not be overly supportive. They have all been there for years, and are just too set in their ways of what they think is how things should be done. Last time, I discovered, through a video a technique of simply moaning lowly through the pain of a contraction, which helps your body to relax more, and let the contraction do its job. I wish I'd known this through the others. It helped so much! But the nurse assigned to me, gave me heck for doing it and told me to stop, because I would give myself a sore throat.
Anyway - in trying to do up a birth plan...as I've never done this before without pain meds, I'm questioning whether the different meds will interrupt the "flow of hormones" etc. I really would like to try without anything this time, but I just am worried that without a strong support person, I may not be able to. I'm wondering if anyone knows what meds have the least affect on the whole process of things. There are so many options that they put out there for you, but I have no idea whether I should even consider any of them or not.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts or suggestions!