25 years ago (exactly!), I sat with the Neonatologist and Head Newborn Nursery Nurse of the Frankfurt Regional Army Medical Center in Frankfurt, Germany. My water had broken five days earlier, so the much-planned-for homebirth with the German midwife (hebamme) was out and a birth in the military hospital was in. I'd had a UC birthing Meghann and while I didn't want to do that again, I also didn't want to have a baby in the hospital. But, here I was, preparing for what I didn't want.
I know! Five days earlier? You can read Aimee's complete birth story to hear the details of how it came to be that I delivered my baby in the car seven days after my membranes ruptured.
Here, I share the Birth Plan I worked out with the doctor and nurse that Friday afternoon. And yes, it's true... the nurse typed up my birth plan. And we all signed it. Rare, indeed.
Rarer still, they obeyed it to the letter.
It seems like a minute ago I was sitting, hugely pregnant, negotiating what turned into a great birth story. Aimee turns 25 on Wednesday. All I can say is "Wow!"