I just read a quote from a seasoned midwife named Susan Stalls. She was asked how to prepare her mothers for childbirth, and this is what she said:
"There are three things that are givens about labor: It's hard work, it hurts a lot, and you can do it. That's the bottom line. All the rest you learn about is icing on the cake."I will continue to provide a little icing for you here and there, but this quote absolutely sums everything up.