If you are planning on a natural childbirth , then you should learn a few things before hand. Your decision for a natural childbirth means that you will not take medication (Demerol, a narcotic medication similar to morphine used to treat moderate to severe pain or an epidural, a steroid injection administered in the spine) to alleviate the pain and discomfort that accompanies vaginal child birth. This is a great plan for someone who has experienced an uncomplicated pregnancy and has had optimal prenatal medical care.
Hospital Birth: Obstetrician and nurse team available and Doula optional.
Birthing Center: Not affiliated with any hospital and run by midwives and physicians.
Home Births: Water birth optional; certified midwife.
Each of these options require in depth research and a trusting professional to help you make the best decision.
Take birthing classes. Understand the birthing process. Help your mind be in sync with your body. Learn how to cope with pain and how to position yourself while baby is positioning itself to enter the world.
Going the natural childbirth route is a personal choice that you and your partner will make. Be realistic with your options and keep an open mind.
Create a labor plan so your support team is aligned and informed. This is a very important step incase a change in direction must occur.
Knowledge and preparation is key.