Take the time to read everything you can get your hands on. By reading the inspirational as well as the factual, you will find numerous resources. Research the current ACOG Guidelines to see what obstacles you may encounter. Find a blog with inspirational birth stories. Read all of the books you can get your hands on. This isn’t just education about the birth process, but things you may encounter along the way including inductions and interventions. Some can lead to situations that will increase the likelihood of an unnecessary cesarean. By educating yourself about the pros and cons of these procedures you put yourself in a better position to make decisions about your care. A few favorite sources –Guide to Childbirth by Ina May Gaskin, Thinking Woman’s Guide to a Better Birth by Henci Goer, Mama Birth Blog has a large list of birth stories (http://mamabirth.blogspot.com), Peaceful Parenting (http://www.drmomma.org/).
What are your favorite things you read or would like to read?