But you also want to hear it from someone who’s been there, done that. If your OB/GYN is a male, that’s not likely to be the case; and even if not, you don’t want worries or concerns smoothed over—or worse, the experience to be ballooned out into some insurmountable fear. You want to hear some friendly truth-telling from a mother who knows what labor is like.
Once upon a time I thought I would like to be a midwife when I grew up. And then I grew up, had a baby(by c-section) and realized, um, maybe not. But it was this book, that I read in my late teens, when I knew nothing about life that convinced me that I could deliver babies. Spiritual Midwifery by Ina May is a wonderful book about women who opt for natural delivery in a natural setting. In this case it was the women of a rural commune who out of necessity were forced to learn to deliver their own babies.