I know I posted this in the forum months ago, but now that we're all at the end and really thinking about labor, I thought I'd go ahead and post it again.
This article is a wonderful description of the stages of labor women go through, with special emphasis on the emotional/brain states. Obviously women with shorter labors will not linger in all these stages for long, but I think it's really a beautiful article with much to offer (our partners, too!).
This article was originally printed in Midwifery Today, but you can't access it from them anymore. Fortunately this woman put it on her blog! It's about the traditional "rule of 10" referring to 10cm dilated being the proper time to start pushing. It debunks this myth and teaches women and care providers to listen to the primal wisdom that is in our bodies. This is especially helpful to those of us UCing, but also for anyone to recognize when you feel pushy that you can listen to your body and not a care provider that is saying no, you can't b/c you're not dilated far enough.