Having friends that support you in your desires for birth can be a great tool as you prepare. This may be more challenging for moms who are preparing for an un-medicated birth as they may feel misunderstood by friends who are not supportive of, or simply do not understand that desire.
I have a friend who was expecting her fourth baby. She was nearing 40 weeks and all her other friends were asking when she was getting induced. She called me one afternoon and said her OB was suggesting she get induced too and asked what I thought of that. Trying to be very diplomatic, I had my, “You need to decide what is best for you.” Conversation with her. Finally she said, “Sheridan, I just want someone to agree with me that I am not crazy for refusing the induction and waiting for my baby to decide when to be born!” Once I knew what she wanted I was more than happy to let her know I totally supported her!
If you don’t have any friends “in real life” that can provide support, you have some different options for finding some.
Joining a Moms Group or going to a La Leche League meeting are some ways to meet moms in your area.
There are also wonderful online groups where a mom can find support! For example, Mothering Magazine and Baby Center have great discussion boards. Meetup.com and Attachment Parenting International are also great places to find other moms (and API is likely to be full of moms who have or want to have natural births).
And, of course, there’s the Hypnobabies Yahoo Group which is an amazing and supportive group of expecting moms using different hypnosis programs to prepare for their births. I highly suggest joining this group if you want to find out more about Hypnobabies.