Prepare your mind and body> Cultivating a wide and diverse base of knowledge will allow you to make the right choice about your own labor. Learn about water birth on the Internet. Take a prenatal-yoga or water-fitness class. Have your partner learn prenatal massage. Read books. Talk with new mothers. Spend time cradling your beautiful, expanding belly—whatever it takes to get comfortable with the awe-inspiring, life-
transforming big bang to come. That’s the best preparation you can get.