Hi, brinalicious, love your name (hope I spelled it right)
My plans include: potentially cracking open Birthing from Within again, although it just annoyed me the last time. checking out hypnobabies. and, most importantly, hoping that the second time around will be faster and less painful
once I'm in it, I'm in it, I guess. I know the last time although I was in awful pain, getting in the car to go anywhere, much less the hospital was way beyond my imagining. I'm also thinking of things to put in a birth plan, things like remind me to try different positions to labor in. I was pretty much paralyzed by pain - none of this the pain helped me find the best position stuff. I would just be in a position and not feel I wanted to move. It seemed hopeless. But different positions (pretty much all directed by my mw) did actually help. I think. And hot water was good, just my shower got cold too fast for my liking.
Please don't be scared off first-timers! I do believe a painless birth is possible. I don't believe it's possible for ME anymore, but possible for some women, yes.
And, see, I'm planning a homebirth again, despite the pain.