Your fantasies of giving birth may be very different from the reality.
Just don’t get so married to your birth plan that you become inflexible or allow your or your baby’s safety to be jeopardized if things don’t go as intended. Your contractions may slow down and you may need to have labor sped up with Pitocin, for example. Or your doctor might feel that you should have an emergency Cesarean section. In such cases, she must have the last word.
And if your labor doesn’t go the way you had hoped, try to accept it without feeling that you’ve somehow failed. If you give birth to a healthy baby, you’ve succeeded.