I haven't thought about labour and birth options too much, my anxiety just can't deal with it! Taking one day at a time, but am aware it's creeping up... I don't know what I can and can't do. Obviously will speak to midwife and I assume write a birth plan, but before putting anything to paper I want to know if certain things are even possible. With no expectations and not sure how I'll deal with it, how will I know prior if I want pain relief? I believe an epidural has to be booked in advance (correct me if I'm wrong). I absolutely know I want an active labour for as long as possible - I deal with general pain by pacing and rocking so know I don't want to just be laying on a bed. Second, I don't necessarily want a water birth but I would really really like to spend some time in water as I also generally use this as pain relief as well. I highly doubt I will do anything naturally and am completely up for any pain relief that is thrown at me, however - I would like to see how far I can get on my own before an epidural. Am I able to have pool time first and then decide to have the epidural if it gets too much? Or do I have to decide either/or?