Although you have probably spent hours debating the use of pain-relieving childbirth drugs and have firmly formed your own opinions as you enter late-stage pregnancy, we suggest you get ready for the big switcharoo. Turns out, the merits of childbirth sans analgesic are difficult to recall when you're in the throes of internal pelvic wrangling with a big-headed baby. Oh sure, it can be done. And there are many women who steer clear of torso-numbing Novocain. But we're offering you an "out."
Childbirth, though natural, hurts. There's just no way around it. Listen to flute music and go to your happy place, but your uterus is still gonna come a-callin'. And you'll do whatever it takes to bring your baby into the world -- which is, after all, the entire point of laboring. It's good to have a plan, but it's all right to change your mind.