I started reading for the DONA doula certification a few months before I got pregnant. That got me more interested in natural childbirth, which was something I always knew I would consider. I just thought natural meant "without pain meds" though.... I didn't realize how much the medical model is different from how a woman might birth in nature.
Now I am 30 weeks pregnant and still learning, but I would say more well informed than the average person. I switched from an OB to a midwife (YAY!) and I have read so many books (and MDC posts!!!
) that I feel confident in knowing a lot more about pregnancy, labor and birth now. I feel like I can be my own advocate and not totally turn my care over to anyone-- my body, my instinct, my decision.
Now I am also researching things such as vaccinations and questioning everything.
It feels great.
That being said I see a lot of my PG/TTC friends and they are either not very well informed about birth choices, or are really fans of the whole medical/interventionist model of birth. To each their own but I just can't see things that way, personally.