Christie and Jake Poppe had an informal, flexible birth plan with each of their three children – Brynn (5), Jackson (2) and Bethany (newborn). At Waverly Health Center, expecting mothers are encouraged to fill out a birth plan – a document outlining medical treatment and other options during labor and delivery. Our doctors encourage mothers to think through and identify their preferences, but also reinforce that every birth is different and that the plan may or can be adjusted as labor progresses.
Christie, like over half of mothers who deliver at WHC, was planning on getting an epidural to help with the pain of labor and delivery. She got epidurals with her two older children and knew what to expect. What she was not expecting however was that she’d be too far along in the labor process with Bethany to get an epidural. “It was sort of crushing news. I was already in quite a bit of pain, so to hear that the relief I was planning on was not coming was hard,” remembers Christie.
“Things progressed quickly however and my two nurses were right by my side. One of my nurses, Jess, sensed my uneasiness. She gave me a little pep talk and told me how we were going to do this together. Looking back, even though Bethany’s birth didn’t go as I expected, I am so thankful for my doctor and nurses. They helped me through something I never thought I’d do – a drug-free birth.”
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