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Today was very busy and full for me. I started the day by taking my little man skiing. Yes, skiing at 18 months and with Mommy 12 weeks pregnant. It is an amazing workout, let me tell you. You can start your kids off at 18 months and we are using Lucky Bums skis; they’re great starter skis as you use regular boots, but the skis have an adjustable type of binding that allows little ones to get used to walking in skis without the pain of real skis. We take our little man down the bunny hill and he skis between our legs. I think I burn more calories training him than if I were just skiing outright.

After an hour on the mountain, I came home to get ready for my prenatal screening test. I saw a specialist to conduct the early detection screening for Down syndrome (Trisomy 21), Trisomy 13, and Trisomy 18. I questioned getting this done but it is more thorough than the quad screening blood test that’s performed between 15 and 20 weeks.

This test is easy; it consists of a finger prick for blood, and an ultrasound to measure the baby’s fluid behind the head and to look at the baby’s nose formation. I’ll go into more detail on this at a different time, but it was very successful and gave some great images of my little one. It will take 5-7 days for the blood and ultrasound results to be read and reported. The testing will give me a 1 in X number of what my chances are for Down syndrome, Trisomy 13, and Trisomy 18. More on this to come at a later date.

After that, I headed to the chiropractor with my little man for an appointment for each of us. It is extremely important to have your children checked by a chiropractor as soon as they are born. I will be calling our chiropractor from the hospital and having them see my new little one before I even leave the hospital. More on this to come.

This is where it gets good. I spoke with a relative who is due to give birth in a few weeks. We started talking and I asked her if she had her birth plan ready. She asked, “What is that?” I about had a heart attack. Her doctor has yet to discuss or prep her for a birth plan. So, I began to explain what the birth plan is for, and why you’d want to have this prepared before you go to the hospital. A birth plan is your written instructions—your wants and desires—that the nurses and doctors can read when you are in the midst of labor and would rather not speak to anyone. You will want to have this done a few weeks in advance in order to review it with your doctor so that they are aware of everything you want. A birth plan helps everyone know your requests. For example, how do you want to manage your labor, do you have a doula, how do you feel about being induced, do you want to avoid an episiotomy, do you want the newborn to have a pacifier, do you want the dad to cut the cord, are you freezing your cord, do you want to receive petocin shortly after the birth to deliver the placenta, do you want the baby with you at all times, do you want your baby to receive the hep B shot before you leave the hospital, do you want the baby to receive the eye drops and the vitamin b shot upon delivery, etc. There are several more items that you’ll want to cover and make sure of before you go to the hospital. This is especially helpful if you are shy like me and only want your husband in the delivery room—no other relatives. If you have pushy relatives that insist on being in the delivery room you can place in your birth plan your wishes and the nurses will be the bad guys for you. :)

I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a birth plan. Prior to your delivery you’ll want to go over it with your doctor so that he/she knows your wishes. Once you arrive at the hospital you’ll need copies for the nurses and for your chart. This is especially important to do as your doctor might not be on call and might not be the one who delivers your baby. To have this paper accessible is great for last minute doctors who come in to deliver your baby. On top of this, having a doula present can help in the case of an on call doctor delivering your baby. A doula is a trained assistant to help you before, during, and after your birth. They can be a life saver as they also are your voice to the doctors and nurses when you are unable to talk during the delivery. They can make sure that your birth plan is followed when you cannot get up and have the discussion with the maternity staff. This also saves your husband from having to do the same when he should be at your side assisting you.

So, where do you start when writing a birth plan? Here’s a great site that walks you through the most common questions that a birth plan covers: http://www.birthplan.com/. They also provide sample birth plans. I created my birth plan there, then exported it into Word and added a photo of my husband and myself at the top with a brief explanation/background of who we were and our goals during the birth process. I had taken hypnobirthing and prenatal yoga classes which also helped guide me in my decisions. They were the ones that suggested adding a photo and a little bit about ourselves to allow the nurses to get acquainted with us and connect us to our birth plan.

I have to go back through my files and find my birth plan. As soon as I do, I will post it on the site under this blog. Here’s another little tip you might consider: the week or so before your due date, begin baking cookies or brownies daily. Nothing big, nothing too hard, but something fresh that most people like. You’d be surprised how far a plate of fresh baked goods go when you arrive at the hospital and hand the nurses your birth plan along with the goodies. You will be remembered and not only do they want to help you but you will get the extra warm blankets first! The best part is that you are at the end of your pregnancy, so who cares if you don’t go into labor that day? You’ll just have to eat the baked goods and make more the next day!

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  1. Danielle

    HI HOLLY,
    I JUST WANTED TO TELL YOU THAT I ENJOY YOUR BLOGS. AND I REALLY ENVY YOUR THOUGHT AND VIEWS OF YOUR PREGNANCY AND LIFE IN GENERAL. YOU SEEM TO HAVE A TRUE GRASP ON WHAT YOU WANT AND WILL GO AFTER IT. YOUR LITTLE BOY IS BEAUTIFUL!! I KNOW IT CAN BE STRESSFUL, BUT ENJOY EACH AND EVERYDAY, THEY GROW SO FAST!! HAVE YOU CHOSEN A DOULA FOR THIS PREGNANCY YET. I KNOW A GREAT WEB SITE FOR BIRTH PLANS IF YOUR FRIEND NEEDS HELP WITH IT.

    December 28, 2009 at 7:44 pm
  2. admin

    Danielle,

    Thank you for your support. It is actually tougher than I thought to keep up with writing a blog on a consistent basis. I haven’t chosen a doula yet and will begin the process in the next month or so. I want to get back into prenatal yoga and hear about any new doulas that I might not have had a chance to interview the last go around. Please add the birth plan link to this page! I’d love another source for birth plans and I’m sure the readers would appreciate another site as well. Thank you for reading! I get so behind at times with this but I’ve made a commitment to hit my blogging hard as there is so much I want to cover!

    January 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm

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  2. glen

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