the hospital tour.

This afternoon He Who Shall Not Be Named and I toured the hospital where we plan to deliver.

I think both of us failed to realize how emotional of an experience it would be . . . being at the place where we will meet our tiny human for the very first time and where our lives will change forever.

Aside from the obvious excitement of that’s where we will meet our baby – I am also SO excited for the labor experience there. The hospital is the perfect fit for the birth experience I am hoping for . . . I’m planning to go all natural.

(You can call me crazy, it’s okay.)

Had you asked me a year ago what my ideal birth plan was – I’d have said, what plan? Just give me an epidural! But, after researching more, and stumbling on and reading an amazing natural childbirth book, my mind has changed. As incredibly silly as this might sound – I just have a calling in my heart that is telling me I need to go med-free.

Now – of course – anything can happen. We have no idea how the labor will go, and of course if a change of plan is necessary I wouldn’t think twice.

Thankfully, I have an AMAZING doula who will be there with us to help me through. She’s really open minded, she doesn’t push any of her own agenda and should we get to a point where an epidural is needed, she’s totally on board with that, too. Even if we ended up with a c-section, she’d be there with He Who Shall Not Be Named to ensure baby would have skin-to-skin bonding time with him until I was out of surgery and would stay with us until I was in recovery and successfully nursing him for the first time.

She also doesn’t subscribe to any of the natural birthing methods, which is a huge relief to me, because I think I would get too hung up in trying to learn and then putting it into action when it was go time would frustrate me. Her approach is just to learn as much about the birth process as you can up front, to know your body and how you handle and respond to pain, and to trust that your body knows what to do and you just have to listen to it as you go.

And the hospital we’re delivering at is very natural friendly – with spas and labor tubs available, birthing balls, and all sorts of other things . . . I’m just really, really excited!

I honestly never thought I’d lean so far to the “hippy mama” side . . . I even plan to encapsulate the placenta (hire someone to do it, I won’t do it myself, hahaha) to take as a post-natal supplement. I’m also becoming a little crazy about the breastfeeding situation – like I don’t want a pacifier near baby for the first month nor want any formula supplementation.

I’m sure I sound like a completely naive first time mom here . . . but, I really am open minded in that I know not everything goes according to plan when baby has a mind of his own. Who knows how and when he’ll decide to arrive. But, I do think it’s good to have a plan and a strategy for going into it . . . regardless of whatever plan that is, since it’s a personal choice for each and every woman.

Guess now we just wait and see . . . ultimately, the end goal of course is just a happy, healthy baby, no matter how he gets here.


  1. Good for you! I was able to go med free for my sons birth. Mostly because it was less than two hours from the time my water broke until he was born. :). I’m glad I had the experience though. It is something that I really wanted.

    Don’t be afraid of the pacifier. It can truly be a life/sanity saver. Mi was like you when I was pregnant with Margot. I did not want any pacifier or formula. During the first month though, she wasn’t gaining enough and I did have to supplement only a few bottles. I felt like a failure and was really upset by it. Luckily we had great lactation consultants at the hospital, and by the second month she was on 100% mommy milk, and continued until she was 16 months. I nursed my son until he was 18 months, and both of them used pacifiers from very, very early on, with no confusion. Personally, I think it’s a scare tactic. Newborns are smart enough to know they aren’t getting any food from a pacifier so there won’t be any nipple confusion.

    All of that being said, this is your baby, and you need to do what is best for you! :). Congratulations. Can’t wait to see the little guy!

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