I am a member of the June 2009 BB as well as January 2011, but figured I'd stop in over here because I have some questions specifically relating to natural birth. For this pregnancy, and if all goes well for the birth, I am going to a group of midwives who work out of a birth center. I LOVE it there- they seem really nice and the whole philosophy of the birth center matches mine. I am thrilled about getting to give birth there, but really scared and doubting myself when it comes to getting through the birth. I remember how bad the pain got with my labor with DS, and I had intended to go without drugs but caved and got an epidural because I just couldn't handle it. Unfortunately though I think that epidural contributed to everything I didn't like about how the birth went- unable to change postions/try different pushing positions- they had me flat on my back, and I ended up with an episiotomy from hell! Which is part of my motivation to want to go to the birth center instead and have as little intervention as possible.
But like I said, remembering how bad the pain was with DS I'm just really doubting myself. I guess my question is, what kinds of things did you do during labor to help get through the pain? Especially during transition...which is when I couldn't take it anymore. And would you recommend any specific kind of childbirth classes that focus on natural pain relief? I have looked into Bradley and Hypnobirthing briefly, but am trying to get personal accounts/opinions. I did take a childbirth class last time, but it was more of a general, this is what happens kind of thing. It was very informative, but I feel like I need something that focuses more on natural birth. TIA!