Hi girls Just finished writing my birth plan and thought I should post it here in case anyone else needs to write one. Also be free to comment on it I know I had a previous c-section and am aware about all the risks concerning VBAC, but I still want to have an active, natural birth. Also please be aware of my SPD I want my birthing partner (my husband) to be present with me at all times. Labour: I wish to be able to move around and change position at will throughout labour. I would like to be able to have fluids by mouth throughout the first stage of labour. I would prefer to keep the number of vaginal exams to a minimum. I want to have a WATER BIRTH Monitoring: I do not wish to have continuous fetal monitoring unless it is required by the condition of my son. I would prefer constant checks from midwife using a hand held Doppler I am fine with having a drip inserted at the start of labour (discussed with the consultant) in case it will be needed for an emergency c-section Labour Augmentation: I am happy with my waters to be ruptured artificially if it speeds up a labour Pain relief in labour: Will want to use gas and air AT NO POINT I WANT PETHIDINE OR SIMILAR to be used as a pain relief during my labour I will ask for an epidural if needed As a main pain relief I want to have a WATER BIRTH Assisted delivery: I would prefer forceps delivery to ventouse delivery Episiotomy and tearing: I would prefer to be guided by my midwife throughout the pushing stage to avoid tearing and would rather tear naturally, but if there is a risk of 2nd, 3rd or 4th degree tear would rather my midwife perform medio-lateral episiotomy In case of needing an assisted delivery would prefer a medio-lateral episiotomy Delivery: I would like my husband and/or nurses to support me and my legs as necessary during the pushing stage. I would like a mirror available so I can see my son's head when it crowns. Even if I am fully dilated, and assuming my son is not in distress, I would like to try to wait until I feel the urge to push before beginning the pushing phase. Providing all is well I would like to have my son placed on my stomach/chest immediately after delivery. After delivery: I would the cord to be left pulsating for as long as possible and then my husband to cut it I would like an assisted 3rd stage I would like to have my son examined and bathed in my presence. If my son must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, my husband will accompany my son at all times. I would like a private room if available. After the birth, I would prefer to be given a few moments of privacy together with my son and husband. I want to be discharged home as soon as it will be possible. I want vitamin K being given to my baby Breastfeeding: I plan to breastfeed my son and dont want any formula or dummies to be given Caesarean section: I want my husband to be present at all times with me I want to have a spinal block as my pain relief If my son is not in distress, my son should be given to my husband immediately after birth. If my son must be taken from me to receive medical treatment, my husband will accompany my son at all times.