What all goes into a birth plan? I watched Pregnant in America tonight and it was a real eye opener for me. With my first pregnancy I dilated to 3cm and then stopped. I was given pictocin (sp?) and then I got an epidural. I didn't feel a thing but had a normal vaginal delivery. My 2nd pregnancy was semi-natural. I was only given pain meds through IV 4 hours before I delivered. I went from 4cm to 10cm in 15 minutes and that is no lie. So I had a normal vaginal delivery with no epidural. My recovery was great. My 3rd pregnancy I made it to 6.5 cm dilated before I got an epidural. I think the only reason why I got it was because the nurse kept on asking if I wanted one. She said that it would help things go faster. I went on to have an normal vaginal delivery. My 4th pregnancy the nurse insisted that I get an epidural because of the amount of pain that I was in. I agreed. The guy doing my epidural had to stick my back 3 times before he got it right. The 1st time he stuck me the tingly feeling that is suppose to go down your legs, went up my back instead. I went on to have a normal vaginal delivery. Now I know that at any given time I could have said no to an epidural but its almost as if they pressure you to get one. I just want a drug free birth this time. I don't want to feel pressured in to doing anything. This is for sure my last pregnancy and I want it to go the way I plan. So if you are doing a birth plan or have done one before what all did you include in it. Does the birth plan include post postpartum also? Does the hospital have to obey your birth plan or can they go over it even if there is no emergency? My 4th pregnancy my daughter came in contact with the herpes 1 virus (cold sores not the other kind) when we found out the doctor said that she could have got it from any of the visitors that we had or someone on the nursing staff since my husband nor I did not have cold sores. She was put in the NICU for a month because of that. If my plans includes that all assessments must be done in my presence do they have to obey that? You would think that being my 5th pregnancy I would have went over this all before. Thank you for any and all help.