Women have been giving birth without any instruction since the dawn of (wo)Mankind!
BUT we haven't been doing it IN hospitals, WITH doctors, in a litigious/fear-based practice style until recently.
Women who opt for health and safety and want to avoid unnecessary interventions have to do more than prepare their minds to relax and surrender.
They also need to prepare to advocate for themselves (or have good help to do so)...
You can use a doula-- like birth classes but maybe better! She will help prepare you prenatally, but she will be that info & support & encouragement in-person, through the labor and birth process.
You can do what ever you wish, but it will be wise to prepare to help ensure your preferences are respected AND you are helped with coping strategies so you can progress and enjoy the process naturally.
at 9:05 PM on Apr. 16, 2011