Hints, tips, advice... all is welcome!
FTM here and I really want a natural birth, my pain tolerance level isn't great but I really want to do this for me and for my daughter. Throughout my pregnancy I've been looking into different methods to help out, I have not taken any special classes (although our general expectant parent class focused mainly on natural birthing) and I am not really interested in any of the hypno-birthing or stuff. I'm due in just a few weeks and so far have this...
1. My OB, CNM and nurses will be told not to offer me any pain medications, that I knwo they are available to me and I will ask for them if I decide I want them.
2. I will be using a birthing tub to help with contractions and per the advice of the nurse who taught our class, I will wait to use the tub until it feels like I am absolutely on the verge of asking for an epi.
3. I am filling out a handful of bright, fun neon colored index cards each with one of the many reasons a natural birth is my goal as well as with normal "mantras" about how I can do this, my body was designed to do this etc. etc., so that they are ready and handy for someone to whip out to me if I start to waiver.
4. If I do decide I need meds then I specifically have to address my FI and ask for them and ONLY him and ONLY in a certain way, then he has to stall me for at least 30 minutes before telling the nurses or doctor.
Okay FTMs have you made any plans on how your going to stick it through your natural birth?
Experienced natural mama's... how did you do it?