Toward the end of pregnancy, when everyday life has become more difficult, most women can't wait to finally have the baby. It is normal to be excited and look forward to it while at the same time feeling nervous or even scared. After all, nobody can really predict how long the birth will take, how painful it will be, or whether everything will go smoothly. Because of this, most women tend to feel at least a little apprehensive about having their baby – particularly if it’s their first.
Many women find it helpful to know what happens during childbirth, how they can cope with the contractions, and what their pain-relief options are. Loved ones who are there during the birth can provide the best support if they are well-informed too.