Quoting Rebeckah179:" i also am thinking about having a natural birth but everyone in my family that i tell they look at me ... [snip!] ... i tell they look at me and think im crazy. is it really that bad? im pregnant with my 1st so i have no idea what to expect..."
It really is a big deal in our country... in OUR country. All other places still do births with Midwives or at home. You first need to choose what "kind" of natural birth do you want. Only Doula, Only Midwife, Both Midwife & Doula, at home, or birthing center, water birth, unassisted... there's various ways to do it. After you decided do research on it and learn some breathing techniques and/or yoga which I'm doing both so you can cope with the pain better. Remember, there are NO drugs just you, your intuition, and your thoughts of what you want to help plus assistance if you choose it that way. I recommend reading Better Birth (BornClear Method) by Denise Spatafora... very good and will help you with pain management. You really need to do one of these because once the pain really starts kicking in... if you can't cope or control that pain it will take over your whole labor and delivery, meaning it will be delayed, more painful, and anxiety plays a part to where it can also stress your baby making it harder for you to push or dilate.