One Born Every Minute
Elizabeth’s Top 5 Tips for the Birthing Plan
I am all about having a plan, unfortunately, the first time I gave birth, I had no first hand experience to base my plan on - I wish someone had given me the inside scoop on a few things, namely #1! Live and learn, and that I did, so the second time around was much smoother, some things I did the same (#2, 4 and 5), some completely different (#1 thank goodness, read more on my 1st birthing experience) and others became non-issues by virtue of experience with all the “equipment” (#3).
Every woman's experience is different, but here is my list of top 5 tips:
- Ask for the anesthesiologist and the best pain management medication you can get your hands on immediately upon arriving at the hospital.
- Ok, you get how important I think #1 is, now let’s backtrack to before you arrive at hospital. Buy for you and baby. Shop for a few pairs of pjs/nightgowns that are comfortable and make you feel good – you’ll be holding court once the baby is born and there will be plenty of photo ops. Don’t forget about a “coming home outfit” for baby and you. Wash these so they’re nice and soft and then pack them up with the rest of your necessities for your stay in the hospital.
- Do a dry run with your partner on the “leaving the hospital” process. This means unpack the infant car seat and install it in the car – it’s extremely stressful trying to install it yourself so soon after giving birth because no one else has a clue how to do it.
- Assign someone to be the point person when the baby is coming. Give your point person the numbers of all family members and friends you want contacted when you are on your way to the hospital/in the hospital to keep them updated on status.
- Gracefully accept any and all offers for help and to have meals cooked and delivered to you, whether it’s your mother, mother-in-law, any relative, friend, or neighbor. Now is not a time to be proud, everyone could use some help after giving birth.
For more of the inside scoop on the birthing experience, make sure to tune in to Lifetime’s One Born Every Minute Season 2 which premieres November 29 at 10pm/9c