I love the oh I chose a natural birth, yeah all well and good when your body goes into labour!!!!
I was natural birth all the way, had Ina May's Spiritual midwifery book, avoided any info on drugs during labour and CS like the plague and waited and waited and waited. At nearly 2 weeks over and no signs at all of preparation for labour or impending labour I succumbed and went into be induced armed with no info whatsoever. It was crap, went nowhere so I ended up with a cs under a ga as I was terrified of needles in my back due to traumatic experiences with lumbar punctures when I was little.
With DS2 I was totally informed down to the enth degree, met with aneathetist even though I was still planning on a natural VBAC (at home preferably) and asked him every question under the sun. So over 42 weeks again waiting waiting waiting, natural induction methods nothing, in to be induced, nothing, in for a cs. This time though I chose a spinal for the benefits not only for bub but for me (ga recovery was crap) and didn't rely on pethidine post op.
So for me the knowledge I had for my 2nd was vastly superior but didn't make a lot of difference to my outcome although I am forever grateful I had a spinal over a ga. Now reading peoples opinions about the choices you make and the impact on your baby I am feeling somewhat guilty that I insisted on being induced the 2nd time instead of going straight in for a cs as was suggested at the hospital, because of my selfish need to have a vaginal birth I exposed my child to one more drug than was absolutely necessary.