Pregnancy and baby

Your birth plan

Don’t know what a birth plan is?

Before you start to fill in the birth plan below, get informed about the topics you’ll need to consider, such as pain relief, where you would like to give birth, who you would like to have with you, and how you feel about intervention such as forceps or ventouse (vacuum) delivery. To find out more about these topics to help you decide on your wishes for the birth, click on the following links:

Why making a birth plan is important

Where you can give birth

What happens during labour and delivery

Forceps and vacuum delivery

Caesarean section

Pain relief

Routine care that your baby will receive after birth

Saving your birth plan

In order to save your birth plan online, and come back to it later to make any changes, you need to be logged in to your NHS Choices account. You can log in or create an account by clicking in the blue log in box below, or the link at the top right of your screen.

Page timeout

Please note that this page will time out at 30 minutes. This means that anything you write will be lost if you don’t save within 30 minutes of opening the page. You'll also need to save again within every 30 minutes, and before you leave this page.

If you are not registered for an NHS Choices account, you can save your birth plan to your desktop by clicking the 'print' button. Your answers will be saved in a PDF document. You won't be able to make any changes to the PDF.  

Blank birth plan

You can also print out a blank version of the birth plan that you can fill in by hand before completing your final version online. Simply click the 'print blank form' button.  

 

Log in or create a Choices account if you would like to save your birth plan. You can come back and change it as many times as you want.

If you don’t want to log in, you can complete the plan online and print it out for discussion with your midwife.

Your birth plan : facilities and birth companions hide

Where to give birth

You will have a choice about where to have your baby. Your midwife or doctor will be able to tell you what services are available locally and advise you on any issues to do with your health or pregnancy that may affect your choice.


Companions

Having a companion you can ‘lean on’ and who can support you during your labour can be helpful. It has been shown to reduce the need for pain relief.


Companions during a forceps or vacuum delivery

A forceps delivery is where forceps are placed around the baby’s head to pull him or her gently from the birth canal. Vacuum delivery, sometimes called ventouse, is when the baby is guided out using a cap fitted to its head by suction.  


Companions during a caesarean section

A caesarean section is when the baby is delivered by cutting through the abdomen and into the womb. This will only be performed when it is necessary, but there are situations where this is the safest option for either you or your baby. If your caesarean section is carried out under local anaesthetic and you are awake, your partner or companion may sit with you. 


Birthing equipment

You may find that items such as wall bars, mats or beanbags help you to change position and remain comfortable during labour. If you're giving birth in a maternity unit, your midwife will be able to tell you if specific items are normally available. However, you may need or prefer to provide some equipment yourself.


Special facilities

Some units may offer you special facilities such as a birthing pool. Some have special rooms called LDRP rooms (labour, delivery, recovery, postnatal rooms) where you stay in the same room until you leave the hospital. Your midwife will be able to tell you what’s available.



Your birth plan : labour and birth show

Monitoring during labour

Every baby is monitored throughout labour to make sure that it is not in distress. There are different ways of monitoring the baby’s heartbeat.


Keeping active during labour

Keep active for as long as you feel comfortable. This helps the progress of the birth. Keeping active doesn't mean doing anything strenuous, just moving around normally. 


Positions for labour and birth

Find the positions you prefer and which will make labour easier for you. Try out various positions at antenatal class or at home to find out which are the most comfortable for you. You can choose as many positions as you want and vary them throughout your labour.


Skin-to-skin contact with your baby

Immediately after the birth you can have your baby lifted straight onto you before the cord is cut so that you can be close to each other immediately. If you prefer, you can ask the midwife to wipe your baby and wrap him or her in a blanket first.


Midwives, nurses and doctors in training

Midwives, nurses and doctors need to observe women in labour as part of their training. They will always be supervised by a senior health professional.


Your birth plan : pain relief and medical care show

Pain relief options

There are many different pain relief options. Some women use a combination of methods. You may find that you want more pain relief than you had planned, or that more effective pain relief may be advised to assist with delivery. You can use a number of different methods at different times.


Having an episiotomy

An episiotomy is a cut in the perineum (the area between the vagina and anus). This may be necessary if the perineum won’t stretch enough and may tear, or if the baby is short of oxygen and needs to be delivered quickly. 


Delivering the placenta after the birth

After your baby is born your midwife will offer you an injection in your thigh. This contains the drug syntometrine or syntocinon which helps the womb contract and can prevent the heavy bleeding that some women may experience without it.



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Feeding your baby

Breast milk is the best form of nutrition for babies as it provides all the nutrients a baby needs and has lasting benefits for the health of your child. Infant formula milk can be used as an alternative to breast milk. 


Vitamin K for your baby

Vitamin K is needed to make the blod clot properly. Some newborn babies have too little vitamin K so it may be suggested that your baby be given vitamin K either by injection or by mouth. 


Your birth plan : extra help show

Special requirements

If you have any special requirements, please tick any that apply to you. You can fill in more details in the box below. 


Your birth plan : general comments show

Print options and next steps

Prepare for discussion with your GP, midwife or consultant



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User903801 said on 16 September 2014

I want' able to print either which is a shame :-(

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PaigeyPoo said on 30 August 2014

Used it for both,
super handy, although some bits are slightly irrelevant!

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GemmaDW said on 30 August 2014

easy to fill in and also raised points that I need to discuss with our midwife. Printed out no problem.

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millilo said on 24 August 2014

Simple to fill in even on my phone. I agree that at 36 weeks no midwife as discussed any of what is included in the above despite it saying that my birth plan should have been discussed at my 34 week appointment.

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samjtargett said on 20 August 2014

Excellent on-line tool, covers everything I needed to say. Printed fine for me from PDF.

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kete24 said on 13 August 2014

I think this birth plan is a brilliant idea, it includes everything you need to think about. Don't think there is anything they have missed out. Easy to fill out and gives you lots of extra boxes for your comments if there is some you think about or if you want to add more comments about certain things, easy to print as well. Anything I was unsure about I asked my midwife at my appointments. I'm now 36 weeks +4 and couldn't be happier with my birth plan. Its brilliant for the midwife and your partner to know what you wish just in case you cant give your opinion or consent on certain things for some reason. Thank you NHS!

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Ranach01 said on 11 August 2014

Filling in the form was very easy, but I also had problems printing this out. When I try to print or save the document there are just blank pages. Solved the problem by taking screen shots and printing them out.

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Leila B Roque said on 06 August 2014

very easy to fill and print out. Was all done within a matter of minutes

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Tessina said on 30 July 2014

I've just filled in the form, asked it to print to a PDF, really simple and easy. Sorry to hear other people had problems

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CHH37 said on 06 July 2014

It doesnt print off the details Ive filled in just two pages without showing m actual plan, I give up now!

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emw22 said on 03 July 2014

I too am frustrated as the document won't print. I came back on after a week of being unable to log back in and now I cannot take my plan to my midwife appointment :(

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Nadja Rafalski said on 23 June 2014

I have a degree in computer science and I have to say your website for creating this form is appalling. An option to download as a word document would be preferable as it has taken me over half an hour to complete this form as I have encountered your website updating the page deleting my information.

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Kamalaya said on 11 June 2014

Clicking "Print" only provides 4 pages, and the 4th page is just a border. Can this be resolved please? (tried in both Chrome and IE11)

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1983Shereen said on 04 June 2014

I am unable to print, please help. Page wont load

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EZStAlbansMum said on 28 May 2014

The birth plan guide is handy, but it could be made easier to download a copy.

Also, not sure why it leaves the name an due date fields blank, surely these could form part of the form?

I only wish that any of the multiple midwives I have seen during my pregnancy had ever brought up any of the things that seem like they should have been discussed.

I'm now 39 weeks and they have not raised any of these points for discussion and I've had a different midwife every single time I've been to see one which was not very reassuring.

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chewbecca said on 26 April 2014

Saved easily and good discussion points for next midwife appt, :)

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serenstar said on 26 April 2014

Easy to use. I'm 36 weeks now and none of these issues has been raised by my midwife yet! So lots to discuss at my next appointment.

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Anonymous said on 13 April 2014

Page is a good idea in principle but doesn't work in practice. Repeated page errors when saving (even when complying with 30 minute time-limit) and have just found out my whole plan has been deleted - even the sections that were previously confirmed as saved! Really disappointed. Won't be using the online function again.
Ladies, save yourselves time (and limit stress!) by writing your plan by hand!

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Karen300 said on 12 April 2014

Shame it wasn't developed as a mobile-optimised site. Doesn't work on my iPhone. Time out is annoying.

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Mrsdocs79 said on 13 March 2014

So far so good! Great idea, shame it's taken up to my 3rd pregnancy to find it!

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beccollins said on 21 December 2013

A useful template, I used it in conjunction with NCT guidance. No tech glitches at all. I'm 36 weeks pregnant and will discuss at my next appt with the midwife.

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shabz21 said on 16 December 2013

Very easy to fill out, it has prompted me to ask some questions at my next appointment with the mid-wife. The printing was really easy also, now I have a copy to take with me and manually update during my antenatal appointment before printing the 'desired' birth plan. Thank you NHS!

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The_Scientist said on 12 December 2013

Nothing here about whether you want to cut the cord yourself or have a friend/partner do it. This is usually something people go for. Surprised its not a general option.

There is also an assumption that you'll 'take what you're given' in terms of delivery...not keen on that at all.

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G0lden said on 08 December 2013

Very useful. Caused us to do some extra research and write a new list of questions for our midwife - so many things we haven't yet considered! Completed this at 26 weeks, feeling anxious that we need to get prepared! Easy enough to save as pdf - using Chrome and on a Mac (OSX).

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Hamlet number 2 said on 05 December 2013

Easy to complete but a nightmare to print - still struggling - any ideas?

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pinkybow said on 14 November 2013

Easy to use and really helpful. Has made me realise what I need to discuss with my midwife.

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d reece said on 04 November 2013

S O S help needed S O S - just completed my work of art aka birth plan but it wont print.... Any ideas? tried internet explorer and google chrome but no avail... ready to throw the computer out the window now! lol

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MiniMacs Mummy said on 28 October 2013

Very easy to use. I completed it at 23 weeks following my latest weekly pregnancy email from NHS. I thought it was a little early but it has made me realise that there are things I haven't yet discussed with my midwife and haven't fully considered. I plan to do so over the next few appointments I have with her.
Thank you for the prompt!

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Fudge89 said on 07 October 2013

If it pops up 'sign up for newsletters sandyflood, click on the option at the bottom which allows it not to appear again.
I've been on my birth plan updating and amending over the last couple of months and it seems that all the kinks have been ironed out. I printed it out once and all the headings were in Polish. Very bizarre. But printed out after finally completing (for now at least) and it is perfect.
Thank you NHS UK

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sandyflood said on 24 September 2013

OMG this was so frustrating i saved at each opportunity, but everytime it would pop up sign up for newsletters then reset the page so i couldn't even remember where i was up to or what was still to do.

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Izelovescats said on 10 September 2013

Very user friendly and found easy to print - a little annoying that page times out after only 30 minutes though.

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natmccready said on 04 September 2013

after filling the plan in I could not print it out!!! really disappointing.

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SueArtSam said on 28 July 2013

This still won't print with my comments in it. How can I share with my midwife if I cannot output it?
On a mac using firefox.

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Kathryn at NHS Choices said on 01 July 2013

Hi everyone,

The birth plan is working now.

Thanks,
Kathryn, NHS Choices editor

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Kathryn at NHS Choices said on 25 June 2013

Apologies, but there is a technical fault with the birth plan at the moment. Our team is trying to fix it, and I'll let you know as soon as it's back up and running.
Sorry for the inconvenience,

Kathryn Bingham, NHS Choices editor

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beansprouts said on 17 June 2013

Filled the whole thing out .. pressed save and it spat me out somewhere else.
What a waste of my time!

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SH1979 said on 13 June 2013

Hi
I couldn't print out when trying to use this page via Internet Explorer.
However, when using Firefox I could.
Worth a try if you're having problems printing.

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SnG said on 01 June 2013

How incompetent are the people who created this service. It costs millions and then you cannot even save the forms you filled in.

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Lucaknorr said on 31 May 2013

I'm afraid the print option doesn't work. I could print an empty version, but couldn't print my own birthplan. I tried the print and rename version suggested in an earlier comment, but it did not work either. Could you please help with this?

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alexkworth said on 19 May 2013

The birth plan appears to be broken, I can't see any poins next to the tick boxes...

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Kathryn at NHS Choices said on 16 May 2013

Hi everyone,

Due to a technical error, the birth plan did indeed disappear from the site for a few days. The problem has been fixed and the birth plan works as normal now. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Kathryn Bingham, NHS Choices editor

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Emjclut said on 09 May 2013

I cannot find anywhere on this page how to access the birth plan sadly, nor can I find the print button. This is a shame as it has such excellent reviews and have only 3 more months to go! I hope this can be fixed :)

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mrstshhh said on 09 May 2013

How do I access my birth plan? There is no button to click on to see it! I don't want to loose my work and have to start again. Thanks.

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MrsM11 said on 08 May 2013

My birth plan has also disappeared, I need to amend it and when i log in where my birth plan was previously displayed has now gone. Please fix this I've only got a week to go!!!

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mrst in newbs said on 07 May 2013

This page does not seem to work. There is not anywhere to fill out the birth plan and it refers to a button if you want to print out your birth plan - which does not seem to exist either.

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maylentil said on 07 May 2013

Help! I've lost my birthplan - despite saving it as I went along. At no pint did the system tell me I had timed out. I've spent a long time working on it. Please tell me how to access it asap. I've tried logging out and back in several times but it has disappeared!!!! I'm very upset & angry about this...

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lhunt1 said on 18 November 2012

This has been a useful tool to create a birth plan. It is a comprehensive document for hospital births. However, it does not cover everything that you might want to specify for a home birth. Such as the birth environment, using music and other atmospheric preferences that may be important to you, specifying who you would like to "catch" baby if delivering in a birth pool. I used it in conjunction with another birth preferences document I got from the National Childbirth Classes that I did and used the online tool to create a savable/printable document. I added most of the extra comments to the end of the each section as relevant.

I think it would also be better referred to as "birth preferences" as to me the word "plan" would make me feel as though I had failed if everything didn't go as I wanted it to, which to be honest, is fairly likely with a first baby.

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hanreade said on 16 November 2012

I love this birth plan.

In addition I have found if you hide all of the sections before pressing print,it saves and prints fine, but not if you don't.

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Susie said on 26 September 2012

Hi User713460 - I've reported the pdf/aspx issue to our tech team so it should be fixed soon.

In the meantime, you can print your personalised birth plan by clicking the 'print' button on this page, then:
-save the downloaded file on your computer (this should work with the .aspx)
-close the file, and go to where you've saved it (eg your desktop)
-right click on the file, and select 'rename'
-delete the .aspx ending and replace it with .pdf

You should now be able to open the file as a pdf and print it.
Hope this helps,
Susie at NHS Choices

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Susie said on 25 September 2012

Sorry to hear some of you are having problems with printing your birth plan - I'll check with our tech team to see what's happening. I'll post back on here when I know more.

Susie at NHS Choices

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User713460 said on 21 September 2012

I can't print the form out either - it downloads as a .aspx but no software on my machine will open it, even if I change the file type to .pdf. Shame - nice idea, and a well-constructed form, but a bit of a waste of time if you can't print it out.

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carrii said on 24 August 2012

I found this birth plan really helpful. It really got me thinking about the labour and I feel much more in control now.

Thank you.

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sarahdixon18 said on 03 August 2012

I havent been spoken to about majority of these questions, is this normal.

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spitha said on 10 July 2012

To MSD: I had the same problem, having downloaded a .aspx file. I just renamed the file with the ending .pdf and it worked for me. I could then read it and print it. Hope this helps.

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Susie said on 02 July 2012

Hi, flowerpower1977 and MSD, thanks for your posts.

flowerpower1977: the printout of your personalised birth plan won't automatically include every question or heading that's on this questionnaire - it will only print the ones you have selected or filled in. If you have filled in a box and it's not appearing on your printed birth plan, then this is an error and we'll need to get it fixed. If this is the case, the best way to let us know is to feedback via the 'contact' button in the top navigation.

If you'd like a printout of every question, you can print out a birth plan to fill in by hand - just click on the 'print blank form' button.

MSD: it shouldn't be a problem that your downloaded birth plan url ends in .aspx - you should still be able to see your personalised birth plan and print it out. Please note that you won't be able to make changes to your birth plan document once you've downloaded it - you can only make changes to it online. You can change and print your online birth plan as many times as you like.

Susie at NHS Choices

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MSD said on 01 July 2012

Sorry if this is a repost, my connection was lost and I am not sure it sent.

Anyways, I tired to post:

I am currently unable to print out the birth plan too. Like many others when I click print I get a pop up window which results in birth-plan.aspx being downloaded. This being a script file it is unopenable and useless.

Is there a trick to getting this form to print out successfully?

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MSD said on 01 July 2012

I am unable to print the birth plan also. When I click on print a window pops up that then results in a file called birth-plan.aspx being saved. Obviously since this is a script file I am unable to do anything with it.

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flowerpower1977 said on 28 June 2012

Hi, I am having problems printing? It seems to only want to print page 1-3?

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Susie said on 23 May 2012

Hello,
The birth plan has now been fixed, so that you won't lose your text when you click in the boxes of your saved birth plan.

Susie at NHS Choices

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mrsbeck said on 18 May 2012

me and my partner are planning and iv recently just found this site with the birth plan , i found it so helpful , its ok to plan it in your head but to have it saved its great.

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Susie said on 02 May 2012

Hi mrsnicola01,
You are not being stupid at all - I just lost some of my text too. I'm very sorry you lost yours. I have reported this problem and our tech team are looking into it. I'll post back here when it's fixed.
In the meantime, it might be worth keeping a note of what you've written, or printing a copy, so that you'll have a record of your text in case you want to go in and change it.

Susie at NHS Choices

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User668967 said on 23 April 2012

Hi guys I'm a student midwife in my final year and I have to do a parentcraft class (antenatal class) on pain relief, forceps, ventose and caesareans, could you please let me know what you would want included if you were attending this class. It would be very helpful if you could e-mail responces to, frances.walker08@my.northampton.ac.uk.

Thank you

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mrsnicola01 said on 17 April 2012

is there a way to go back & add additional comments without losing what's already written, as when I click into the box, the writing disappears..... or am I being stupid?

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Susie said on 10 April 2012

Hi Jo,
Your personalised birth plan won't automatically include every question or heading - it will only print the ones you have selected. For example, if you tick a box under the heading 'Companions', then your printout will include the heading 'Companions'. If you don't tick any of the boxes, the heading will not appear.

However, if you have ticked a box and it is still not appearing on your printout, please let me know, as this is a technical error and we'll need to look into it. The best way to let us know is to feedback via the 'contact' button in the top navigation.

If you would like a birth plan printout that includes all the questions, you can click 'print blank form'. The blank form has all the questions on it, and you can fill it in by hand.

Susie at NHS Choices

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jo_the_girl said on 09 April 2012

Hi,
I'm having a similar problem to other people - when I go to print my birth plan Adobe only presents 3 pages with a lot of the questions missing.
Any solution to this?
Thanks
Jo

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Susie said on 17 March 2012

Hi recca,
I'm so sorry you lost your changes - I'll make the information about timing out clearer. If you still would like to print out a document to fill in by hand, you can click on 'print blank form'. This will download a blank birth plan to your desktop. I hope this helps.
Susie at NHS Choices

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recca said on 16 March 2012

Doesn't warn you when it's timed out, so you're happily typing away, click save, and it's all lost. Not very helpful. Would be much better to just have a downloadable Word doc to fill in. Should have read all the above comments before trying this.

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Susie said on 16 March 2012

Hi 35becks,
I just printed out a birth plan and it has all printed ok, so I'm not sure what the issue might be. If you're still having problems with it, the best thing to do is report it to our helpdesk. Click 'contact' in the top navigation menu on the screen - you can send them a message explaining what's not working.
Thanks,
Susie at NHS Choices

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35becks said on 14 March 2012

I'm having trouble printing. I did it a few days ago without any problems but have updated it today. Now when I go to the pdf file to print it stops halfway through one of the sections and completely misses out the last two sections. Any tips?

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Susie said on 14 February 2012

Hi ntyrrell,
Sorry to hear you're having problems printing. Please note that the birth plan only prints out the bits you fill in or tick online. It seems to be printing ok for me today. If it's still not printing properly for you, you can report it to the helpdesk by clicking 'contact' in the top navigation menu.
If you want a print out with all the questions on it, you can print the blank form, and fill it in by hand.
Thanks,
Susie at NHS Choices

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ntyrrell said on 10 February 2012

The print function is not working for me either! How frustrating. It does not generate even half of the pdf document.

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MrOnionPie said on 25 November 2011

Hello,

This works fine for me! If you are having problems it may be because you do not have Adobe Acrobat installed?

Click on the link above (below the print button) to download Adobe Acrobat reader. Once you have installed this it should work. Does for me anyway :)

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Susie said on 24 November 2011

Hi LoveInAColdClimate,
The print function is working for me ok. Can you let me know the error you're getting?

I can try to help, or you can let our tech helpdesk know by clicking on 'contact' in the top navigation menu and sending them a report.

Thanks,
Susie at NHS Choices

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LoveInAColdClimate said on 23 November 2011

Printing still doesn't work!

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Susie said on 23 November 2011

Hi user617915,
You should be able to print the 'aspx' page by right clicking on your mouse, or by using the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+P.
Susie at NHS Choices

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User617915 said on 22 November 2011


I am echoing the comments of other users in that I am unable to print my
NHS guided birth plan. It goes simply to an 'aspx' page and will not
give me the option to print. Susie at NHS Choices posted a comment on
16th November saying the problem with printing as experienced by
multiple users has been fixed - I'm afraid to report that it hasn't.

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mannymania said on 16 November 2011

What if you don't want a forceps or ventouse delivery? Where is the plan for declining this?

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Susie said on 16 November 2011

I'm really pleased to say that the print functionality is now fixed - you should be able to view and print your personal birth plan by clicking on the black 'print' button.
If you have any problems printing, the quickest way to feedback on this is to click 'contact' in the top navigation bar on the screen and send a message to our service desk.
I'm very sorry for any inconvenience this has caused you all.
Thanks again for all your patience.
Susie at NHS Choices

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Chiggers said on 14 November 2011

No luck using the 'print' button for us - launches an .aspx file. We just had to print these webpages directly. Shame.

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adsta said on 13 November 2011

I've been trying to print for weeks and today it has finally worked - thank you! Just in time as well as my wife is 37 weeks tomorrow!

Hope it works for everyone else as well.

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KateLove said on 07 November 2011

Still not working I see. How disappointing. I have just spent ages filling in this form. If I'd known it hadn't been working for months, nay years (!) I would have saved myself some time and used another site.

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its a screen name said on 30 October 2011

Why not write at the top of the page that it's impossible to print and just tell people to print the blank form. It's no good finding this out when you get to the bottom!!!!

The message at the top says you have 'improved functionality' and gives a false impression.

I have finally manged to print by clicking on the printer icon and printing the whole webpage. To do this you need 'show' all of the sections.

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Chlointhia said on 29 October 2011

This is one of the worst sites I have ever used. When I tried to activate my account it kept saying I had timed out. Eventually I managed to resolve this and now, like everyone else, it proves impossible to print. Why offer this functionality if you aren't going to ensure it works. I appreciate it's a free service but I'd much prefer not to have spent time doing this to then have to do it again in an alternative format because I'm unable to print. Looking through the comments this has been an issue for a very long time. My suggestion would be to remove this from your site until you can resolve the issue. Then people won't waste time on it and won't get frustrated.

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Susan Ch said on 26 October 2011

Please can you repair the printing issue. I have spent time completing my plan and now with the impending birth of my baby I don't want to have to start again. I have been trying to print it for some time now and think this time delay is unacceptable.

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Susie said on 21 October 2011

Thanks everyone for your comments. I'm really sorry about the problems with printing your birth plans - we are aware of the issue and are working to fix it. In the meantime, the blank version of the birth plan is still printable, in case that's a useful option. Thanks for your patience, I'll post back on here when the print functionality is working again.
Best wishes,
Susie at NHS Choices

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breenl01 said on 21 October 2011

Emailed Technical support 2 weeks ago, received a generic reply and thus far it appears they have ignored my email. Most annoying as my due date has been and gone and I am still not able to print this birth plan! Very poor service!

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lesley1977 said on 16 October 2011

I was unable to save or print this birth plan for my last pregnancy - Sept 2010 and just logged in again to do a new birth plan for baby number two and lo and belhold, it will save this time but will not print. The Adobe window begins to open but then it just freezes. have tried on an off for the last 3 hours. Will hand write it now. NHS please sort this out - surely it's a simple error to correct?!

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leahf said on 14 October 2011

Useless!! Cant print and ditto to all the other comments.

Why have the nhs not responded to these comments for the last 2 years???!!!

Why ask for your patients to do a birth plan if you don't provide the facility to do so?

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LolaStu said on 13 October 2011

Trying to print the birth plan out but struggling to get the Acrobat page to load. Also very annoying that every time you save what you have done, the screen keeps jumping around and closes all the birth plan sections except for the first one.

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ducksoup said on 09 October 2011

I too cannot print out our birthing plan. We have just spent three hours writing it out, to now not being able to print it. Very frustrating.

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breenl01 said on 06 October 2011

I have emailed NHS Choices to highlight this issue and they allegedly aim to reply within 24 hours. Here's hoping they will be able to resolve the issue.

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rinnas said on 28 September 2011

I can't print either. I've printed before but I wanted to change a few things and can't print anymore. It's frustrating :-(

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MonicaLS said on 27 September 2011

I can't print this out either - when I click on print a new tab is opened that is blank. If I try to save the file, it saves only as Birthplan.aspx. This type of file is NOT an Adobe recognised file type so will not open in that application. Nor will it open in any other document app I have (e.g. text edit, Preview). I have tried this on both the latest versions of Firefox and Safari on my iMac (Snow Leopard OS). I've got a Birth Options Clinic apppointment in 2 days so would really appreciate a solution as I'd rather not have to retype it all manually (I've added a lot of comments). Note that I tried simply "opening with Adobe Acrobat" as someone suggested but this did not work.

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blondie_uk said on 26 September 2011

How ridiculous, from the comments it looks like this has not been working for over 2 years. Cannot print with Firefox or IE. Waste of time. Great work NHS.

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HeikeMatthew said on 26 September 2011

Really frustrating! Just doesn't print.

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CarolynP said on 23 September 2011

Was also having trouble printing completed copy of form. I used the button to print next to the share buttons and saved it to Office One Note. Looks like the internet version, rather than a proper PDF but all the info is there.

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Cathyme said on 22 September 2011

This seems like a great tool but I have also not been able to print or save as a pdf. Any ideas NHS Choices? Is it a problem with Firefox or Mac? Is it worth trying another browser or a PC?

Thank you!

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ANGIEPIPPEE said on 22 September 2011

What a complete waste of time. I wish i had read all of these comments before spending time filling this out only to find it does not print!!!! Not happy!!!! Looks like this problem has been going for for quite some time and no one has bothered to fix it. I'll just write it out by hand then shall I?????????

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pix811 said on 21 September 2011

Having major problems myself printing out my birth plan, it just opens a blank page when clicking on print. i have emailing them about the technical issue but because they can't replicate the problem they have no suggestions. has anyone come across anything that can help? or have we resorted to writing by hand?

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LisaJLittle said on 16 September 2011

I agree with the comments re completed birth plans not presenting properly when opening in a new tab/window. I've printed a blank one to fill in (time getting tight now!) but not happy about having to hand write when I've spent plenty of time filling in the online form. I had successfully printed a completed form to PDF previously but now I've updated and saved it it doesn't seem to work. I do know my way around a PC and printer and genuinely think there's something wrong with this page for some users.

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helensophiep said on 13 September 2011

Spent ages completing birth plan and saved it, but when I try and print it out the new window just opens as a blank page. I can open and print out a blank birth plan but do not want to have to hand write the thing when I have spent so long completing it online!! Any ideas???

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lh81 said on 11 September 2011

Anyone know the reason why it won't show on the print preview half of the birth plan? Have tried resaving it but nothing seems to work! It is fine until the pain relief part as only a few of the boxes show up and none of the comments. Very frustrating.

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melpink23 said on 08 August 2011

I also agree with those who have been experiencing problems with the Birth Plan. I spent alot of time filling it in, coming back to edit it on occasions. However I have just logged on to print out what I have saved and most of it is missing and has been changed back to the original format!! Most of what I have filled in has just 'dissapeared'!! What a waste of my time that was!! Not happy!! :-(

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veracal said on 14 July 2011

Loved this tool - it was very easy to create, print and email my birth plan. I am glad I stumbled across the NHS choices site by accident. I will let my GP/midwife know that it might be helpful for other expectant mothers in their care....

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Chloe Rice said on 09 July 2011

I honestly can not see how so many people are having difficulties using this online service. I was able to register on this web-site, fill in my birth plan and print it in PDF format within 15 minutes.

I would suggest that for those who can not seem to fill out the online form, print the blank form using the option provided and just fill it in yourself using a pen.

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sazzles1983 said on 24 June 2011

I don't see why so many of you have had problems with this, it took me and my husband less than 10 minutes from start to finish and managed to save and print correctly!

If you are having problems then i suggest you try and open the file within a Microsoft word doc or equivalent.

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saschlet said on 10 May 2011

To add to my earlier comment about the aspx file, just right click the downloaded .aspx file and choose "open with". Then choose Adobe Acrobat and it seems to display fine.

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saschlet said on 10 May 2011

I did my first plan and it printed as a pdf with no problems. I've just been in to update and it downloads an aspx text file which is useless.

Help!

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Lisabrauer said on 28 April 2011

I have been trying to print the birth plan 5 times now but cannot do it.

I am able to print page 3 and 4 but page 1 and 2 will only print 1/2 page.

My baby is due in the next couple of weeks and I really need to get this printed.

Please help!

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ddewdropp said on 22 April 2011

i filled out the birthplan on-line a couple of weeks ago and have updated changes several times since then till i printed it out today.
no problems with it.
i hope it helps the midwifes that are on duty when i go in!!!
thank you for this service as i wouldnt know where to start doing it myself :)

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katiebear2409 said on 10 March 2011

I have just printed out to fill in by hand with my midwife, no problems at all

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mrstshhh said on 18 February 2011

Is anyone else been able to resolve the print issue? I printed it last week but have made some changes and now I get an error every time I try to print. Is it downloading as a .aspx insted of pdf.

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Ksdhammond said on 06 January 2011

I have just printed and all is fine. a very easy and straightforward document to complete!

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linzdoc1 said on 06 January 2011

Tried to print just now, all boxes came out ticked despite not having ticked them all, script very small and fairly unsuccessful attempt, will try again but may have to seek another alternative.

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xbrazilianutx said on 29 December 2010

Hi there everyone x
I have just printed out my completed and saved birth plan and it was easy and straight forward. Hope it works out for everyone else too!
x
Good Luck!

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Susie said on 13 December 2010

Thanks DeeDee79 and everyone who has posted comments here about the issues they have experienced with this birth plan. We have been working on improving it and hope to have the new version live within the next few weeks, with a much better print functionality. Thank you for all your patience.
Susie at NHS Choices

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DeeDee79 said on 12 December 2010

As everyone mentioned on here the print function is still utterly useless. The last comment advising what to do doesnt work because the system generated a PDF already. Whoever wrote this code should fix it and I can see its been more than a year and no one has bothered yet. A pity because it looked like a really useful thing to use.

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RosieTalk said on 01 December 2010

In response to FionaWeekes (28 Nov), when clicking Print and going through to the Adobe PDF, choose your printer options by clicking on the printer icon (first on the line at the top). You could choose to print on both sides. Or Choose Page Scaling, then in the drop-down box choose Multiple pages per sheet. You can also choose which pages to print in Print Range, then Pages.

Rosie Cowling, NHS Choices communities team.

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FionaWeekes said on 28 November 2010

Can you please fix the problem with printing. I like the birthplan and would like to use it, however when I go to print I get 14 pages worth - including the whole comments page. I've tried to copy and paste, but the print then comes out so small I can't read it. Great idea - but it needs work.

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trishacunny said on 12 November 2010

When will the print function be updated? My baby is due in Five weeks and I really do not want to add a 15 page document to my hospital file as I am sure no midwife will have the time or inclination to read it!!

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hels11 said on 12 November 2010

The print function on the birth plan is useless - it prints about 15 pages including all the comments! The only part I need is the plan

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LauraG123 said on 25 October 2010

The print function is still useless. What kind of amateur designed that?
The plan it self is very useful to give you an idea.

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BarryG said on 23 September 2010

Thanks to everyone who has commented here highlighting problems with the birth plan. We at NHS Choices are aware of the issues and are working to resolve them. We are sorry for the difficulties you have had and will do our best to get the birth plan working properly soon.
Barry - NHS Choices

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JVIC said on 06 September 2010

Please fix the behaviour on printing out. I ended up rewriting it in Word, as have many others. Otherwise, a really helpful tool guiding you through the process of writing a Birth Plan.

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MortonWells said on 31 August 2010

I have tried numerous times to use this system as a template for my birthing plan. I have been more successful than others and have printed it out as a pdf. it has saved my changes and I will at least be able to use it as a discussion document with my midwife and bithing partner. However it is small and not the best lay out. Definitely needs work - I wonder how these comments are managed and addressed as people have been giving constructive feedback for over a year expressing problems with this facility! If the person responsible for managing and actioning feedback reads this, it would be useful for you to post something that advises users how you addressing issues raised. Good luck everyone, on a positive note, at least this gives you some kind of structure and raises questions one may not have thought of.

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laurapinches said on 18 August 2010

After spending a long time completeing the form, I found I was unable to save it, and unable to print in a readable format, I have had to type all of the information in to my own word document.

If both of these functions are fixed, this will be a very good feature as a first time mother I don't have a clue, this was very helpful if only to give me an idea of what to consider.

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littlegreen said on 17 August 2010

have noticed that the save function isn't working at the moment, after filling out the first section, so before you fill it out have a test run at saving!

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armedbadger said on 19 July 2010

I just spent ages filling this in and getting it all perfect and it doesnt even work. Absolutly poor!

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swanseacat said on 05 July 2010

Agree with all - it would be better to take down the page whilst you are fixing the print function, rather than let us all spend time filling it in then discover it's basically useless.

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ejs19 said on 27 June 2010

You can kind of make this look a bit better by firstly expanding all the headings, then left click (and keep it held down) on the final question and scroll up to the first question. In other words this highlights all the birthplan questions. Then go to Print, and select "print selection" (i.e. the stuff you have highlighted).
It works and looks a bit better than the adobe generated output anyway.

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User348740 said on 19 June 2010

This is barely readable when printed out. It does not fit the page?

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Alid78 said on 12 June 2010

The print function is still unsuitable 2 months on from when Susie from NHS choices acknowledged the problem for the 2nd time and nearly a year on from the first acknowledgement of the problem by Caspar.

If you cant sort out the problems with the pdf format, could you at least switch it to a word document format where we can at least edit out all the comments from the print out ourselves?

It is such a shame that a useful tool is rendered almost useless by this technical glitch.

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Cjhewison said on 24 May 2010

As excpected this site planner is dreadful, well the questions themselves are useful but the site functionality is hopeless.

30min timeout is too short and doesn't seem to reset if you hit save i.e. you have 30mins editing time regardless of how many times you hit save. You then get logged out.

The print functionality doesn't work, I got asked if I wanted to save a .aspx file!?! Something to do with using Firefox?

When I finally got to print my form it was effectively a dump of what's on the screen, including all these comments...come on!

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holywoodmum said on 20 May 2010

I think it is good that you have at least acknowdedged that changes need to be made. Shame that in a month you havent' done anything about it.
I think you have provided useful information to consider, but as an interactive tool it's useless.
A black dot to distinguish a positive answer, and gray for 'unechecked' - yeah that'll be really easy to see when printed!!
Stick to Word and write your own using these questions as a starting point...

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Susie said on 14 April 2010

Thank you for all your comments and suggestions on this page. I am sorry that the birth plan cannot be printed in a useful format at the moment - we are working to improve it and hopefully make it much more useful for pregnant women and their partners. I just wanted to let you know that we do read and appreciate your comments. Many thanks for your patience. Congratulations and best wishes to everyone on their pregnancy.
Susie at NHS Choices

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Mouthwash said on 10 April 2010

What a JOKE! I didnt see all the comment son the bottom of the page until I had spend a considerable amount of time filling this birth plan in and now i have o find another site as this is RUBBISH!!!! come on NHS!

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AnnHay said on 23 March 2010

Wish I'd read these comments before I spent time filling the form in - thought it would provide a nice, easy to read format not an essay to fix into my maternity notes...

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DougalsTwin said on 22 March 2010

Does nobody look at these comments ???
Come on someone!

I spent ages on this and now you can barely read it when it's printed off.

Please can some tech-y type person look at this and sort it ??
People have been complaining for nearly a year about the problems.

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NatashaK said on 23 February 2010

I agree with the above comments that this is very poorly designed and I was shocked that it does not print well at all. When you're in labour, what midwife or Dr is going to want to look through a 12 page document to read your birth plan? I am going to create my own in Word on one side of A4, which is what I did with my first child.

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dinosaurbean said on 18 February 2010

Seriously, I am as unimpressed with this birth plan as everyone else. As an experienced multimedia designer, the NHS Choices website appalls the designer in me, never mind the mother-to-be!
This form should open in a new window, or a separate page, without all the comments and headers... and then the PDF would at least come out looking a bit more like we desire. And you could also widen the margins so that the information on each page looks more even.
Not to mention that on a Mac, the PDF downloads as a .aspx file, to which I had to manually change the extension to .pdf so it would open.

Anyway, what I am trying to say is this; I've spent an hour writing my plan here only to realise I'll have to go elsewhere to do it, as I can't print out then contents of this PDF! It's unfathomable!

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aimiec08 said on 11 January 2010

I used a really basic, yet very good birth plan from the boots advantage card website. I think its available to anyone.

It was helpful enough that my partner could understand what I wanted, and I used it with both of my pregnancies, in Jan 2008 and Dec 2009.

Hope this is helpful to anyone x

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Katie Symons said on 11 January 2010

It seems this has been improved a few times, but more could be done. The pdf file created when you 'print' is just a print screen command - so the text only fills half the width of the page and (amusingly!) you get all the negative comments posted here at the bottom - not what you need to discuss with your midwife!
Some of the questions also need more options (eg 'do you want to hold your baby immediately after delivery or get it cleaned first?', options 'cleaned first', 'I don't mind', 'I'm not sure yet'). And I don't think it covers all the options that I've read about for delivery methods either.

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User360532 said on 16 December 2009

My birth plan has taking me 45 minutes to do, what a complete waste of my time! 11 pages long for a birth plan?!? USELESS

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Floppy1 said on 03 November 2009

Way too long and it printed off in a random language (polish???) despite being in english on the screen!! Complete waste of my lunch hour - I thought the NHS plan would be one of the better ones.

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Carrie2010 said on 19 October 2009

Valid form, however the printing option should highlight only the ticked options summarising the whole plan into two or three pages, NOT 11 pages with every little image and user comment (??). Surely, the birth plan should be just that - a plan that you just filled out rather than a literal print out of ALL the pages!

Goodness, these comments started in April 2009 and we are now in October and nothing has been done about it. Gives me great hope in the NHS efficacy!

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littlemrsgiggles said on 01 October 2009

They don't really have the right options, I cannot have forceps or vacuum and there isnt an option for that, I have SEVERE SPD and cannot have normal birth etc... they don't account for things like this!

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LisaJayne1981 said on 15 September 2009

Thanks to everyone for the copy & paste hints. As yet we're not printing this out, but it will come in handy when we do!

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cassie_09 said on 30 August 2009

I found this plan really useful and this is something I have done before!
I saved it at the bottom of each section and then when i clicked print and the saved version came up in a new window i saved it to my desktop as a pdf - hope this helps the others having problems with saving and printing.

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Pheri said on 26 August 2009

Ahead of my first midwife appointment tomorrow I thought I would print out my birth plan - only to be met with your technical error (Technical Error - Sorry, there has been an error and our technical staff have been notified. Please try again later.). Very disappointed in the format and not at all helpful when trying to get excited about first baby and first appointment. Might have to settle for a series of print-screens instead.

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Indigo MonstA said on 20 August 2009

The print out is very disappointing, this tool could be so useful if it was available to print in a better format.

Having read the other comments I wonder if this is worth using or if it'd be better to look elsewhere on the internet.

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jenny.rowe said on 12 August 2009

What a pile of rubbish!! I just spent nearly an hour completing the birth plan and when I went to save it said that my session had logged out due to over 30 mins of inactivity. I lost the lot. Get rid of it completely as it clearly does not function.

what does this say about the state of the NHS when a huge national body like this cannot get a simple computer programme to operate correctly? I give up.

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babycakes08 said on 02 August 2009

hi all. good job i dont want to print it out lol.. im just gonna write it all, i havnt got much of a plan really anyway. i was gonna go for a water birth but changed my mind lol and for the pain relief iv only put down gas and air but said if i need the pethadine can i have that as well.
when iv planned things before it never went to plan so i dont want to plan to much... anyway i wish u all the best with ur new baby's xx

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RowanMorrison said on 02 August 2009

This is unbelievably, shockingly bad! I've just spent 15 minutes filling it all out, then went to print it and the print option saves a file on my desktop that doesn't actually open. Then I opened all the different parts to it onscreen and tried printing as a web-page and the form didn't actually print, only the instructions and people's comments (which I wish I'd read first).

THEN, when I went to cut-and-paste my birth plan into a Word file, like people suggested, the text from the comments box didn't transfer over, THEN when I went into the comments boxes to cut-and-paste that text, it disappeared when I clicked on the box!

My husband is now having to type this all out himself as I've got so frustrated with it.

How hard can this type of thing be to get right?!

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Caspar said on 29 July 2009

Thanks to everyone for your comments about problems using and printing the birth plan. We are sorry that this is not working as it should and are doing our best to fix it as quickly as possible. In the meantime, please bear with us.

The NHS Choices team

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hunkyteddy said on 28 July 2009

Aarrrgghh! We just filled ours out, which took a mighty long time & conversation, then blinking read your comments and had exactly the same situation!!
If only we'd read this bit before!
Then it blinking lost it when I refreshed!?
I think it's slightly more irritating that this seems an amazingly common fault and yet they still do nothing to amend it... thanks for making us stressed,
yours sincerely,
stressed mum & dad to be

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Caroline_80 said on 24 July 2009

The print function is not working. Just get an error saying "The XML page cannot be displayed".
The website administrator needs to go back to drawing board with this one

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jennicov said on 10 July 2009

What a complete waste of my time. Spent ages filling this plan in and now it's useless as the printing element is so bad my midwife will need a magnifying glass to read it.

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tinker_clark said on 07 July 2009

Thanks for advice on copying and pasting into document otherwise would be very frustrated.

It would be much better if this produced a readable document. That's what it says it does but the pdf is too small and the version I printed included all comments like this too!

Should be something easy to fix, which would make it a very useful tool.

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louise87 said on 06 July 2009

I agree... i just copy and pasted all of mine to a word document... took about 10mins to get it how i wanted. Finding all the winging about it a bit rediculous!

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Fern said on 03 July 2009

If you show all of the sections of your birth plan, then select them all, you can copy and paste into a word document.

With a little bit of formating it comes out really well. I would recommend you copy any comments you have made in the comments boxes and insert these into your main text, then delete the comments box from the documnent.

This way you can read it easily, edit at any time and print.

Hope this helps some of you.

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helen_s said on 01 July 2009

If you lose the text when you click on it to edit - just press CTRL+Z (i.e. undo) and this puts it back. You can now edit.

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embobs said on 26 June 2009

Pointless as does not print out as a proper PDF document, therefore too small to read & not usable. Shame as the plan is the most comprehensive I've found. You would think that the NHS should be able to provide usable documents..............then again I work for the NHS, so maybe not!

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louise87 said on 18 June 2009

Thank you for your useful editing tip. Best birth plan i've found and very useful to help me really decide what it is that i want.

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Ola P said on 12 June 2009

Yes, when you click on the field to edit - everything disappears - BUT try right-click of the mouse, and choose UNDO - this should bring your writing back while still allow editing.
Hope this helps.

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User214917 said on 07 June 2009

completely agree the questions are great but completly unusable!!!!

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Claudia Alejandra said on 31 May 2009

I agree with the previous comments. The birth plan is unsuitable to print for use. It is too small and should be have the option to print and save as PDF. It will also be helpful if you could amend what you have written already instead of having to write it all over again!
It is a shame really because it is the most complete and helpful birth plan I came across online.

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smjee1 said on 17 May 2009

I agree with previous comments. This plan does not save or print in a format that can be used.

It does not save it as a PDF page but in ASPX.

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Shelby4j said on 05 May 2009

I found this problem as well. I tried to go back and edit what I had already written, but when I clicked into the box everything I had already written disappeared! I had to click outside the box again and then print screen, paste that in Word and copy type out what I had already written plus what I wanted to add then copy and paste that back into the box just to update what I wanted to put. A great deal of effort that shouldn't really be necessary. The plan is wonderfully detailed, but the technical bugs need to be sorted.

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Zanza said on 04 May 2009

I also completely agree with the previous commenters.

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anonymous said on 04 May 2009

i agree with PDB the birth plan creator needs improving

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PDB said on 26 April 2009

When you try and edit a part you have previously saved it clears what you have already written.

This birth plan prints really small and doesn't display all the text within a scrolling text box.

To be honest this is a good birth plan with lots of questions but useless as an item to print out and use.

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