Too bad the stork's a myth
November 23, 2011 2:15 PM Subscribe
Babyfilter: If you could get a re-do on your labor and delivery, what would you do differently?
I'm 37 weeks pregnant now, and with the delivery of my first child just around the corner, I'm starting to think about labor. My birth plan is more of a non-plan: I'm going in with a "whatever happens, happens" approach. Luckily my OB is a strong non-interventionist--I trust that he's not going to propose a c-section or the like unless they're absolutely necessary. I'm neither set on drugs or a natural birth--we'll see how I feel and how I manage the pain. I haven't taken any birth classes, and I'm not using a doula. My husband will be there with me, and family will have limited visitation access, so I don't get overwhelmed.
But you mefites have had many babies (collectively), and you hold much knowledge. Please tell me--if you could do your labor over again, what would you do differently? What are you glad you did, what would you not do again? What made your labor and delivery easier, or harder? Also--if there's a secret trick to minimizing tearing, I'd love to hear it.