5. Do you want to a water birth?
There is good evidence that water births are less painful and more relaxing for both mother and baby. If a water birth is appealing to you for labor and delivery, check with your hospital about water facilities. Otherwise, check with your doula who may be able to bring a portable birthing tub to assist you while laboring.

6. What are your labor positions?
You might as well practice a few different ones before the big day arrives. While a traditional birth has the mother lying down on her back, knees bent up to push, some women find that squatting or laboring on hands and knees is better for contraction management and eventually for pushing efficiently. Enlist your birthing partner in some practice rounds and try to see what will feel best for you.