Re: Birth Plans
I wrote a birth plan. When I got into my room one of the 1st things my nurse asked me was if I had a birth plan and I handed it right over. We went over it. Mine was pretty simple.
I think that the hospital I delievered at has a lot of women from the same clinics and it seems that most dcotors at them reccomended that women write a plan, so I don't know if my experience was normal..
Like Soulcatcher said, tell them about pain medication and what you want. I said I wanted to go natural as long as possible, then IV drugs, then epidural if needed...well, it was NEEDED LOL.
I also mentioned that I wanted to labor in a bathtub (which I knew they had), be able to walk around, have my husband cut the cord, no forceps, and newborn was to be placed on my chest after birth, but on top of a towel, not on my skin (funny that I was squeemish about that)
Having said all of that, half of it couldn't happen because I had a c-section after my labor didn't progress! But they did what they could. I did get my bathtub labor for a while, was able to walk before the epidural. Got the pain medication in the order I wanted.
Like you said, much can happen to change the plans, but I think it is a good idea to write it down and let the nurse and doc know from the beginning what you want!
"Go slowly, breathe and smile" Thich Nhat Hanh