2. I will birth in an upright position: hands and knees, squatting, standing, or sitting on a birth stool. The last two being out of the pool if I choose to get out. The only exception would be laying on my side if for some reason I felt like laying down. These positions let gravity help my baby and let my body open to the max!
3. I will have intermittent monitoring as opposed to having a monitor strapped on my belly. This also helps me have total freedom of movement.
4. I have an IV available if needed, but I'm not planning on using it otherwise. This is also to help with freedom of movement.
5. I will be eating and drinking through my labor, keeping my energy up and staying hydrated.
7. When Silas is born, we will not cut his cord. We will allow him to receive all of his blood and stem cells. We will wait until his cord is empty of blood, and his natural "Wharton's Jelly" has naturally sealed (clamped) his cord. Then, we will cut the cord. I believe that this approach will help him in many ways including reducing/eliminating bleeding from cord site if he has hemophilia.
8. Our midwife will draw tubes of blood from the placenta to have his factor 8 level tested. She has experience with this and I am confident that she knows what she is doing. We have worked with her before and she is amazing!