Our plans... No clue.
We just have no idea what we're going to do, where we'll have the baby or who will deliver it. I do know we'll be doing another unmedicated, Hypnobabies assisted birth, wherever we happen to end up. We will have a doula, and my mom will be there as well, mostly to take care of DS. Chances are if we birth in the hospital, DH's sole job will be to keep nurses and doctors right the heck away from me!
I have a call in to the doula we plan to use... I think once we chat with her we'll have a much better plan as to what we're going to do for birth. Am I wierd for looking forward to labour though? Probably! I can't wait. With DS being my first, I was definitely in the place a few of you mentioned - not scared but also thinking that was due to my own naivety. Now that I've been through labour and delivery once, I'm excited to do it again! I found it so empowering.
So, here's my wierd labour memory. I am the type of person who loves to try to find solutions to a problem. So every time I would have a stronger/different/more intense contraction, it was just a new problem to be solved. I kept moving and moving until I found a position that worked for the contractions... then when they changed again, same thing. It kept my mind completely off of the contraction itself and just on finding a new position to get comfortable in again. I also remember my midwife telling me that DS needed to move a lot lower, and that walking as well as doing lunges on stairs would help that. So that's what I did right up until transition when I couldn't any more. Afterwards, my midwife would laugh every time we talked about it. She said she'd never seen anyone who kept WALKING so much! I laughed right back and said she told me to, so I did it!
Anyway, since I can't easily scroll back and respond to everyone individually - I STRONGLY recommend a doula to anyone and everyone! A doula is invaluable no matter where you birth. There are tons of doulas out there who will work for little or no money at all, especially doulas in training who need to get in a certain number of births before they can be certified. So just do a Google search for doulas in your area, you'll probably find someone! And if you're looking for trainee doulas, contact anywhere that doulas can receive training/certification, they should be able to get you in touch with someone.