THE most important book you will ever read, even if you aren't expecting a baby, is: Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way (Revised Edition) by Susan McCutcheon (copyright 1996, published by Plume, an imprint of Dutton Signet, a division of Penguin Books USA Inc.) and the book by Doctor Bradley himself (which is just as important to read, but not written in a so simple-to-follow way as McCutcheon's book, who was actually somone that worked with Dr. Bradley). Husband-Coached Childbirth (Fifth Edition) by Robert A. Bradley. M.D. (copyright 2008, published by Bantam Books). What the Bradley Method is: just the way that women and other perspiring mammals have been giving birth since the dawn of our existence, before the hospital birth became the "in" thing, which has only been since the 1940s and all the military wives were doing it - and it's never gone back out of style since. Even if you plan on a hospital birth, this information is important for you to be able to make informed decisions and approach the whole thing with confidence you simply would not have otherwise. Also, it's crucial for you to know how to proceed if you go into labor and are unable to get any help, should you desire it - like if your baby is due in midwinter and you live way out in the boonies... you're blizzarded in... now what? With the know-how in these books, you shouldn't have any real problems, but don't forget to prepare - ordering a home-birth kit or emergency birthing kit (or both) online is a great investment for a low cost (keep one in the closet and one in the car). I'll post a link later with a few sites you can order from. And no, Bradley didn't get his ideas from Lamaze, it's actually the other way around, Lamaze came a couple decades after Bradley started practicing - it's actually the perverted brain-child of hospital maternity wards who don't want "problem patients".