Ask any woman that has ever birthed a child and she can probably tell you in pretty vivid detail all the high and low points of that experience. (whether you want to hear it or not ;) ) No matter what that entails, one thing is for sure the impact is lasting and will have an effect on the rest of that woman's life. Getting educated about what to expect is a great first step. Taking classes, reading books or visiting reputable websites for information are great ways to learn the basics. Choose a provider that fits your ideas of what you want your birth to look like. Finding hands on activities, practicing at home and creating a birth preference sheet will help partners see where they have the same ideas and where they don't! The best time to talk about these is before you go into labor....am I right!? So take the time to learn about yourself, your partner, your provider and your wishes.... and you will be on your way to a better birth experience and future family!