So. As the time for Two to make his/her appearance draws nearer (under six weeks, GAH!), the need for putting together my birth plan becomes more urgent.
(Oh yes, I am one of those who are admitted into the hospital armed with a birth plan. I sincerely believe that women should be empowered with the knowledge on how they should deliver their children, and the types of options available to them. Switching to the care of Dr T has been one of the best choices that I have made.)
Just as it was with my previous birth plan, I am hoping to avoid all unnecessary medical interventions, a Casearean will be my last resort, and I will be relying on Hypnobirthing once again. And this time around, the imperative to have a vaginal birth is even stronger than before because I need to recover as quickly as possible, to jump straight back into parenting my firstborn AND my newborn.
With my previous Casearean, an induction is automatically out of the question because the contractions brought on by the synthetic drugs may cause uterine rupture. Which means that baby has to make the first move; otherwise, it’s back on the operating table for me. Thankfully, Dr T is known to be patient with the babies and will let Two stay in-utero for as long as is needed, unless he/she is in distress. Phew!
That’s what I love about being under his care – that he is absolutely committed to helping his patients birth naturally and with as little medical intervention as possible. But he also warned me that if he needs to get baby out, he will immediately schedule a Caesarean for us (which I agree).
While I recovered pretty quickly from my previous C-sect, I am under no illusion my recovery process will be the same. For starters, I am two years older than before. I am not as fit as I was before and a body that’s already been cut up previously is not going to take very well to being sliced open once again.
At 34 weeks, the prognosis looks good. According to Dr T, Two is already head down and low on the pelvis. However, Two’s also in the Right Occiput Anterior position, which is NOT the most optimum for a vaginal birth. But Dr T did say that Two’s position can still change, babies have a way of twisting and turning right before they arrive into our world. I mean, Aidan didn’t have his cord around his neck on the Friday before he was born and there it was, three days later.
So yes, while I am hoping and praying for a natural birth, I am also going to remember this: the perfect birth is one in which mother and baby emerge healthy and safe.
After our visit to the clinic, it suddenly struck me that we will be seeing Two very soon, possibly in a month’s time! And it became real to me for the first time. I mean, the idea that he/she will be here has always felt very faraway.
At the same time, I am becoming a tad anxious that I may not be able to have a successful VBAC. Fingers cross – loads of prayers will be murmured between now and delivery!