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Wow, how exciting for the both of you! Best wishes to her, birthing your baby naturally is one of the best gifts you can give.
My doula had lots of tricks up her sleeve for my birth. The best aids I had were: the birth ball (you either love 'em or hate 'em, check with the hospital to see if they have one on site), a rice sock, can be used cold or hot, sport tea (if they let her drink clear fluids, I loved it in between water), something to help with counter pressure (we used tennis balls), soothing music (and a player if none in the room), unscented lip balm, unscented lotion for foot/hand/back rubs ( I was very scent sensitive in labor), and most importantly a calming reassuring presence!
Also, the book Easing labor pain (I think?) was really helpful for positions and techniques. You want to read it before the birth, not as a reference during.