I have begun doing some research in preparation for labor and delivery. The book I am currently reading is "Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way" by Susan McCutcheon. It is very informative and has given me a unique perspective. The Bradley Method is all about giving birth naturally - without pain medication, episiotomies, c-sections, etc. There are times when the before mentioned procedures are necessary, but those times are rare. They have become common for many reasons, but my desire is to give birth naturally. I have talked to several women who have given birth with the epidural for one labor and without it for another. All of those women felt that labor was much better without the epidural! One of those women was my cousin who gave birth to a 10 pound 5 ounce boy without any pain medication at all. It was her first time giving birth naturally and she loved the experience in comparison to her other deliveries. The only women I have heard make fun of natural childbirth or say what a crazy idea it is are those who have never tried it.
I am amazed at how many women don't prepare for labor, but rather wait until they are in it and leave all the important decisions up to their doctor. Maybe it's my strong willed personality, but I want to be very involved in deciding how my baby is brought into this world. I want my baby to be the safest and healthiest he or she can be.