Be prepared for anything. NEVER assume you can plan it out or be in control. Don't be too firm in your plan, because Baby may have other plans. I had planned to go all natural, and I ended up with every intervention under the sun, and eventually an emergency c-section. Birth CANNOT be planned, and you have to be flexible and go with the flow. I was devastated for a long time, and it still gets me emotional when I get into it.
Try reading "Birthing From Within" by Pam England. It's a great resource for natural birth, and it's one of the few that doesn't chastise you if you end up having an epidural or a c-section.
I think you're wise to avoid an epidural. One intervention leads to another, and there are complications associated with an epidural. The baby is also less alert after an epidural. Stand firm on this.
I hope your birth is everything you imagine it will be! =)
at 11:09 PM on Nov. 17, 2010