With my first baby I took a class about labor and delivery, but found it to be useless. I went in thinking I needed an epidural, my mom and sister really pushed me to get one. I went into labor and wanted an epidural, but it was too late and I gave birth without the epi. Then a few years later I was at the hospital when my sister had her youngest. She had the epi, but the baby's head got stuck and the doc pulled him out with the suction thing and it cracked her pelvis. After that I knew I didn't want an epi!
So I went and started reading when I got pregnant again. I really liked Dr Bradley's "Husband Coached Childbirth". It talks about how we as women can do it naturally and how we should take a look at how animals give birth, in a quiet peaceful manner. Some of the stuff he talked about was hilarious, but the peacefulness of what he talked about really hit a cord with me. Definitely worth a read.
at 12:38 PM on Mar. 9, 2011