1) Where are you planning to birth?
At home in my townhome. We've already warned both the neighbors on either side of us :LOL My midwife is bringing a birthing tub to set up. Though we haven't decided which room we'll put it in yet...
2) What sort of expectations do you have for your birth?
I try not to have any expectations, but alas, I'm a dreamer so what can I say... I expect things to be a bit chaotic (just like my life). I think DH is still in some sort of denial about the whole thing actually happening. I think he's going to be really stressed out when it becomes "real". And then there is the fact that my mom is going to try to jump on a plane as soon as she knows I'm in labor and try to get from Orange County, CA to Portland, OR and make it in time for the birth. Also, DSD says she wants to witness the birth, but then sometimes she thinks she may not want to... so she'll either be going to stay with a friend, or she'll be staying home with us. There are a lot of unknowns, and unknowns lead to chaos, hopefully semi-organized chaos.
3) What preconceptions do you expect might be challenged by your actual birth?
I keep telling myself that I'll be able to handle the pain easily... I guess we'll see how that one goes.
4) Hopes, fears, concerns?
I hope for a not too overly chaotic, peaceful, relaxing, painless birth.
I fear losing my strength and letting fear take over.
I'm concerned about having a healthy baby and birth.