I think you will find it much easier to cope with labor while at home, in comfy surroundings, rather than in the hospital. No one to please but yourself! I found that listening to my body and staying active was helpful. Moving when the urge strikes. W/my first, I wanted a way *out* of the pain of being flat on my back hooked up to five different machines. At home, I realized there was no getting out of the experience, only through. A CNM I once was seeing said she recommends that all of her clients show up at the hosp. at 9 cms. "Doesn't make for the best car trip, but it sure makes for better outcomes."
my birth ball. It was awesome during my last labor, and now, we use it every day to bounce! IMO, a mindset of not *needing* to rush off for medical care is important, as is the belief that your body was meant to do this! If you desire an unmedicated birth, you might consider eliminating the word 'try.'
You are awesome and powerful! You're a mama!