I'm not saying that it isn't hard, or potentially painful, or a crazy new experience. And I'm not downplaying the experience of some when things spiralled out of control. And, I'm also not saying that you shouldn't keep flexibility in the back of your mind (transfer/c-section/pain management/etc), or to feel a failure if you do any of those things. The thing about birth is learning to trust your body, and to roll with it...NOT to fit some book's ideal of how it should be.
But...it's not that big of a deal. You can do anything for a day or so, and a lot of it is about perspective. I think that's a lot of what hypobabies/birthing is about. It's practicing controlling yourself when you want to flip out, and convincing yourself of the truths of the whole thing. And creating the correct perspective to handle it. You can SO do this.
My first was in a hosptial, posterior, and I was flat on my back, no food or water, and with little support. That was tough, but not dreadful...though it could have been. I wasn't progressing for a while. Wanna know why? Because I didn't know that it might not feel like I needed to go to the bathroom...and no one suggested to me to go. Finally, instead of letting me get up, they did a catheter...and wham! WAY less pain and LOTS of progress. Ridiculous.
Second birth was in a hospital with a midwife, behind closed doors and way natural. I was unsure of how it would go, and his birth was so crazy fast and intense...like a freight train, that it caught me completely off guard. In the 4 contractions I had to practice, I learned to relax. (The first, "okay...this is really labor" contraction was only 30 minutes before he was born. I had a handful of really hard ones, and then about 4 pushes and he was here. I shook and shook from the adreneline. Whew.)
My third and fourth birth? Wow. At home, totally on my own schedule. I was so relaxed, and it was like watching someone else give birth. I was strangely outside of myself, and commenting on the process. "Hmm, I'm doing x, y, and z. This must be transition. Huh." And with my last, the midwife was laughing because I was saying things like, "Okay, here comes the head." Totally relaxed. They just shake their head at me. *shrug* And they hand me my baby, and I climb into bed. Sigh...I love new babies!
My point is that the more confident I was in myself, and the more I was able to do my own thing in my own way, the less of a big deal it was. And, I think that's the beauty of hypno-whatever, and Bradley, and etc...they teach you to understand the process, and how to deal with it.
Totally...you can do this...and you can do it relaxed and easy the first time. :)