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Did you stick to your birth plan

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Just curious - how many people had a birth plan and were you able to stick to yours?
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As I'm about to type I almost find it hard to know the answer.

DD1: planned a home birth but she was born at 27 weeks. So not enough time for a formal plan and all irrelevant anyways.

DD2: I would have loved to avoid being treated for GBS, and avoid having an IV or monitors; my goal was - if I can have a birth without needing any 'attachments' that would be great. I needed those things- or rather, they were indicated based on the standard of care, and I agree with that standard- because DD2 was still a little premature. And I'm happy I had those things, because she had trouble after birth and In typical mom fashion I felt guilty about everything I could have done a little differently- but no guilt about any of those interventIons.

My other big goal was skin to skin right after birth, delayed cord clamping, and to breastfeed her. Which are all absolutely the standard where I birthed- so really, the goal was having a baby healthy enough for those things. And I did get all that, but ... she didn't breastfeed until several days old due to her breathing issues, and was transferred to a different hospital shortly after birth. I couldn't hold her for a few days due to the breathing stuff.

I had an unmediated vaginal birth, which was also a preference but for me not much of a question- I have fast labors.

So, I am happy about how it went. I never said "no IV" I just said "only an IV if I need it" and I needed it. Etc. I don't know that expressing my wishes mattered in any particular way because the hospital is already great and my body and my baby were already going to do what they were going to do, with no input from me.

I don't know if that helpful
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