Every labor and birth is different, each miraculous in its own way. It's a situation full of unknowns -- and the best way to approach it is to familiarize yourself with the possibilities. Start with this rundown of birth and labor options.
To create a simple birth plan, print this page and check off the elements that appeal to you -- then share your choices with your healthcare provider. Make sure a copy of the plan gets into your medical records, which will be available to staffers at your birthing site.
Remember that formulating a birth plan doesn't guarantee a seamless experience. No matter how you go about it, labor and childbirth call for a flexible attitude and a sense of adventure!