I feel like I'm pretty educated in most areas of what to expect during labor, but I am currently reading about the third stage of labor and trying to decide what to include in my birth plan. Here are my questions for those who may already know more than I do on this topic:
Active management versus hands-off approach? Which would you choose and why? I know a lot will say hands-off, so I would especially like to hear from those who would choose active, but I definitely want to hear from both sides.
Can I have certain parts of active management and forego others? For instance, can I ask that the cord cutting be delayed, that they not push on my uterus and pull on the cord, but accept Pitocin? Can I delay the Pitocin until after the cord stops pulsating? Has anyone done something like what I am describing?
If you were at an increased risk of PPH (I am), would this change your mind at all? I have a blood-clotting disorder (vonWillebrands) and anemia.
Thanks for any feedback!