Q: what can I do to prepare for childbirth?
A: keep an open mind. babies are wonderfully unpredictable, especially on how and when they choose to enter the world. it’s great to have a birth plan, but it’s also good to prepare yourself for the possibility that things may not go entirely to plan. if you opted for a water birth, the pool may not be available, or you may be too far gone for an epidural and unplanned (as well as planned) C sections are common, too. if you go into your birth with the understanding that you may need to go with the flow, it can take some of the pressure off.