Hey Everyone- My name is Claire. I have been lurking for awhile and I posted awhile back with lots of questions for everyone about their birth experiences. I was trying to decide whether or not I was going to really try and go all natural with this baby's birth. I have talked to DH about it ALOT( I wanted to make sure he was on board 100 %)and talked to lots of other friends that have done it and I am happy to say that I plan on my next birth being an all natural one. I just wanted to introduce myself since I have been hanging around reading posts and Birth Lodges and starting to feel more informed and confident that I can do this. I have never tried it before. I have always gone into labor knowing I would just get an epidural when the pain got intense. I decided the last time that I would never ever get one again. There is something about being stuck in a bed, not being able to move your legs, not being able to tell what your body needs or is doing that greatly frustrated me last time. (Acutally both times, but I guess last time pissed me off enough to make a change.) I have just felt very compelled to try things differently and I believe I can do it. So I am excited to join you. I am only 18 weeks pregnant so I have lots of time to make a birth plan and figure out my options. Right now I plan on doing a hospital delievery and sticking with my OB. I trust my OB with my life and my child's life and we have a good relationship. She said that they will do everything possible to help me do it without drugs. I would like to get a tour of the hospital even though I have delievered there before just to ask them some questions from a new perspective. I am nervous about delivering there rather than our local birth center, but like I said, I LOVE my OB and I trust her so right now that is my plan. I just need to figure out what technique(s) I am going to use to help me thru the labor & delivery. Thx for reading: I know this got a little long.