Me again... lots of posts recently I apologise!!! So this is my birth plan, I think. Does it seem ok? I don't really know! Labour I would like a water birth. I would like my partner to be able to join me in the birthing pool. If a birthing pool is unavailable I would like to be able to use a bath until I give birth. I would like to be free to move around/ change position/ have use of a birthing ball etc throughout labour. I would prefer to keep the number of vaginal examinations to a minimum. I would prefer there to be no students/ interns or other non-essential people present during the labour and birth Monitoring I do not want an internal monitor unless the baby has shown some sign of distress. Pain Relief I would like as natural birth as possible. I would like to stick to gas and air. Although I would like the option of other pain relief if I require it. Caesarean Unless absolutely necessary I would like to avoid a caesarean. Episiotomy I would prefer not to have an episiotomy unless required for the babys safety. I would appreciate guidance in when to push and when to stop pushing so the perineum can stretch. Delivery Assuming the baby is not in distress, I would like to wait until I feel the urge to push before beginning the pushing phase. I would like my partner in the pool with me if possible. I would like the baby placed on my chest immediately after delivery. Immediately After Delivery I would like my partner to tell me the sex of the baby. I would like my partner to cut the umbilical cord. I would like to hold the baby while I deliver the placenta and have any tissue repairs. I would like to have the baby bathed and evaluated in my presence. If the baby must be taken from me for any reason, I would like to partner to accompany the baby at all times. Postpartum I would like to have the baby with me at all times. Breastfeeding I plan to breastfeed and would like to try nursing as soon as possible.