I had plans to have a natural water birth at a birthing center, but after 5 hours of intense labor, my plans changed. In the moment all I could think about was relieving the pain that I felt. Looking back, I am a little disappointed that I requested to go to the hospital, but in the end I gave birth to a happy and healthy baby.
To be honest, the hospital experience I received this time around was amazing. I was assigned a doula that stayed with me until I gave birth. The attending physician was amazing and her staff was helpful and attentive the entire time.
Sometimes things don’t go as planned, but they still turn out great.