I'm 8 days out from my guess date for my first birth, which is a planned home birth. I think I finally have everything in order physically-- the house is relatively clean, pantry is full, supplies are all in one place, etc. I have done tons of reading and research and preparation throughout the pregnancy.
Now I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions about how to prepare yourself mentally, spiritually, and emotionally for birth, especially your first birth, since there are SO many unknowns.
It was important to me to be well informed, so I did expose myself to less-than-perfect birth stories and information during my pregnancy. So far, two out of six ladies from my birth preparation class have had traumatic birth experiences (I don't know all the details because I didn't want to know yet) and that is making me nervous, to be honest. There are three of us left who have not yet delivered.
At this point, I want to block out all negativity and fear, and focus on creating a positive attitude and atmosphere.
What have you mamas done in the past to help with this? What do you think might have helped you feel strong and peaceful prior to and throughout labor when you were a first-time mama?
Thanks! <3 <3 <3