I went to the trouble of writing a detailed birthplan for my first pregnancy - by using the basic template given from our antenatel classs. Just stating that it was by trial of the labour as to if and when we would have pain relief from me asking or their offering if needed etc, that I wanted to be mobile, have my partner present at all times, etc etc.
However, once in hospital (for 17hrs of a 40hr labour!) and to be completely honest of my experience - I had the birthplan in my hand ready to give to the midwife and she just looked at me and shrugged! seriously! so i left it on the side table and thats were it stayed! Sorry! But we discussed BRIEFLY what was in it etc. The hospital was that understaffed I was flat out having a SINGLE midwife with me, let alone the DOUBLE team they advise you are meant to have! So I ended up having a emergency c-section. But the labour is a whole other story!
So as long as you are aware of your options, just take your labour as it comes and let them advise you of what they think you need etc, then you can make your decision based on that etc. Depending on your hospital (compared to mine) what you want and what you get are 2 completely different things! Sorry, I hope that doesn't sound bad, that was just my experience, as its something that can be out of your control.
Good luck! I am loving every minute of having a newborn again!
Karen, FNQ, Danika (May 03), Jarrad ( Feb 06), Ama