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Birth Plan

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Gilly16 Fri 06-May-16 11:04:01

Hi. I'm a poet and I wrote this a while ago, put it on facebook. It got loads of shares and seemed to resonate with lots of women. I had my girls 24,22 and 12 years ago, all by caesarean section, two of them emergency. Thought it might go down well here.

Birth Plan

I want soft lights and music, perhaps a birthing pool.
I want massages and foot rubs, I want a fan to keep me cool.
I only want one midwife – no drugs just gas and air,
perhaps, if I think I need it, and I’d like my husband there.
I want active, to walk around, between early contractions,
I want a compilation C.D. and as little interaction
as possible. I want tea, toast, organic nuts, a doula and a mentor,
I want a T.E.N.S machine, a hypnotist, my own refrigerator.
I want the baby wrapped up in a blanket of angora,
I want a private room filled with flowers from Interflora.
I want, white noise,whale noise, recordedby Friends of the Earth.
What I really, really want, is a really natural birth …

I got florescence, 'trial of labour', I got an oxytocin drip,
I got, 'stay in bed' and 'nil by mouth', I got the bip, bip, bip, bip, bip,
of a monitor. I got sweaty hair, I got gas and air,
and mind-blowing drugs that made me swear,
I got pethidine, and morphine, I got my own anaesthetist,
I got panicky, hysterical,I got hot, felt cold, acted pissed.
I got teams of consultants, discussing each contraction,
I got nurses telling me that soon there’d be more action.
I got cannulas, speculums, a doctor with a torch
I got my legs raised, my brow mopped (yes, really, a torch.)
I got blood taken, meds given, data in plural
and when the pain got really bad, I got an epidural.
I got white lights, bright lights, I got a spinal block,
I got a junior doctor, nervously looking at the clock.
I got surgery and stiches, a scarred bikini line,
a really fit surgeon, who told me 'it’ll all be fine'.

And it was fine, it really was,
what they said was true,
I got what I wanted in the end,
what I got was you.

Stumbleine Fri 06-May-16 11:12:56

That is brilliant! Really lovely smile.

Gilly16 Fri 06-May-16 11:26:43

smile thank you x

Flossiesmummy Fri 06-May-16 11:34:07

That about sums it up grin

TheresALight Fri 06-May-16 14:42:52

I'm 41+2 today, booked in for induction in 4 days and your poem has made me cry. But I think I'm crying in a good way blush

Gilly16 Fri 06-May-16 15:01:37

Good luck! Xx

KnitsBakesAndReads Fri 06-May-16 15:18:17

That's lovely. My birth experience was quite similar to you - I wanted everything as natural as possible but as it turned out my baby was born by emergency CS and I was also told I'd need a CS in any subsequent pregnancies.

If you'd asked me before the birth I'd have said I'd be so upset to have a CS (and to know I won't have a VB in future) but actually I didn't care at all because all that really mattered to me was that my baby and I were healthy.

Thanks for sharing. smile

Gilly16 Fri 06-May-16 15:32:15

Oh thanks for your story. It's all about a healthy babe at the end, isn't it? X

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