There’s the hospital birth plan and the thing I really want to happen.
What I really envision happening is for my water to break at some point, hopefully st home, though many women don’t have waters break before labor, and to labor for many hours (Micah was 30 hours, and Kade was 19 hours) during a calm day, and then have the baby in the middle of the night while the children are sleeping.
And I want to be listening to praise music, smelling essential oils, and praying. I want to have a quiet labor in low lighting and end with deep low long breaths and a loose relaxed jaw.
I envision baby breathing just fine with great color and muscle tone and lots of hair like her brothers had at birth.
This is how I prepare for labor. I play it out in my head. I conceive what could be, in many scenarios. And I pray.
If it turns out differently – quicker, requiring surgery, requiring help, being late, baby struggling etc – I’ve imagined those scenarios too and how I might deal with them.
God is in control, not me. Thank the Lord for that!