As many of you long time readers know, when Jack was born, everything that I had in my birth plan was completely ignored and went total opposite. I didn't want to be induced, I was. I ended up with a c-section and cried for an hour... you can read more about his birth Here.
Well, I have learned a lot and before I even found out I was pregnant knew I wanted things to be different the next time. I wanted to be in control of the situation and I wanted things to go how I wanted as much as possible.
So after I found out I was pregnant, my first challenge was to find a doctor who would work with my on a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean.) I looked into midwives, but none in my area will work in a hospital setting, only a home, and I wasn't quite comfortable with the home birth for my situation (nothing against it though!) I was lucky that a pregnancy center in Reno will allow me to try for a vbac, and even has midwives on staff!
So that is what I am planning! I will try and labor at home as much as possible (hopefully until my water breaks on it's own!) but I have to make sure I have enough time to get to the hospital which is about 30-45 minutes away. I want to try without pain meds, but I am not against it if I feel the need. I would rather enjoy the whole experience than be in too much pain to remember anything. =) And I definitely want to do skin-to-skin immediately after the birth! I think a huge part of the struggles I had with Jack and breastfeeding was related to the fact that I wasn't able to see him for over an hour after he was born. It was rough.
Prayerfully everything will work out how I want it to this time, and this baby will be born healthy! It is getting closer and closer and I can't wait to meet this baby!