Re: hoping to have a natural birth...what materials should I look into?
Do you have the option of using a TENs unit? My midwife had one for me to use (I had my first baby at home and am planning a homebirth for my second - I'm 31 weeks), and it really helped me deal with the contractions. I plan on using it again for this next labor. If your doctor or midwife doesn't have one for you to use, you might be able to rent. The one I used was called the Elle Tens Machine.