I've just written mine in prep for my next MW appointment on Friday when I will be 36wks. She's booked me a double appointment to go through it. I googled example birth plan and found an nct template that I've used. The NHS website have an online one you can fill in and print off too.
I haven't spent hours on it tbh since I didn't even reach this point in my last pregnancy when DD was born in a huge hurry at 34wks. A birth plan would have been a waste of time!
I didn't have anything written down but did discuss with hubby. Think about pain relief what you would like and anything you are not so keen on. I didn't want diamorphine prior but had in labour at midwives suggestion and was glad I did so keep an open mind. Do you want to use water in labour? Do you want delayed cord cutting/hubby to cut cord/ natural or managed third stage? As others have said it is a wish list as you don't know what will happen or what complications may arise
There is one in my pink notes, i have written two things on it and no one has asked me or discussed my options with me. I found out my consultant was suppose to be discussing my options but they havent and now they have signed me off so no longer need to see them. Im just gonna go in on the day and what will be will be. I dnt want to plan too much jst to be dissapointed
I think that the problem with birth plans is that they can often end up a wish list for an intervention free, birth pool, serene experience and, statistically, unfortunately, not a lot of (especially first time) mums get that. I had a birth plan like that first time, let's just say it wasn't how it went.
Where they can be a lot more helpful is if they address specific preferences and scenarios that may come up and/or which you hope don't. For example, you may be very clear you want an epidural in preference to pethidine, in which case say so (but be prepared to change your mind). You may have views on the use of forceps v section. The presence or otherwise of students (I have a whole section on this ). Whether you want delayed cord clamping if viable and whether you are happy for the baby to have injected vitamin K.