I'm expecting my fourth baby in a few weeks. A brief history - my first was born via c-section following a Cytotec induction. My second was born (VBAC) at home, and died at birth. My third (VBAC) was also born at home. I'm planning to have my fourth in a hospital and have some concerns about going into such a "medicalized" setting, although I have a homebirth midwife supporting me as my doula, and feel very confident that my midwives will do everything in their power to help me have a natural, safe, homebirth-like birth. I have had "large" babies - 9,10, and almost 11 lbs and this new babe appears to be healthy, as well. I've decided a hospital birth is best this time because my third baby needed some help breathing following a precipitous birth - and her apgars at 5 minutes were not as high as I would have liked. I completely trust my body and my baby and the birth process, and while I have "history", want this new baby to have her own story - her own labor and birth, free from other's fears based on my history.
I really want the hospital staff to respect our wishes for no interventions and a natural birth, and have them understand that I may be more emotional than some other mothers they work with, needing to be treated gently (as any mama should be), but I don't want to come off as being pushy or too directive.
I've been working on a birth plan for the hospital staff and would like any suggestions you would offer.