I forgot to mention that my birthing class talked a lot about pain management techniques that involved breathing, moving around, different positions, using the birthing ball, and spending as little time as possible lying in bed on your back. We’re doing a whole class on it next week. I’m happy to know the hospital – and my doctor – are supportive of that kind of thing. Even though I’m planning on an epidural at some point, I’ve read and heard a lot about how all those things can make labor up until medication a lot more bearable. And most of the horrible “I was forced into a C-section I didn’t want by a doctor who didn’t want to miss tee time” stories come from the kind of un-woman-friendly practices that think the proper place of a woman in labor is in a bed with stirrups.