9. Understand All Your Birth Options
“I wish women were better equipped to advocate for themselves and their wishes,” says Sarah P, a labor and delivery nurse in St. Paul, Minn. “Some OB’s can be quite stubborn and closed-minded.”

During her first two births of her own children she felt lost and at the mercy of her hospital staff and her recoveries afterward were tough. “With my third birth I did more research and was a labor nurse by then.”