"A woman who doesn't know how to swim is given nine months' notice that she will be thrown into deep water. Let's assume that during this nine month period she does not avail herself of classses where swimming is taught. This is as unreasoning as one who knows she is pregnant, does not know how to act in labor, and then during her nine months does not bother to attend classes in the conduct of labor. The results in both cases would be horrible to behold, particularly by someone who loves the participant.
Natural-childbirth training displaces ignorance, superstition, fear, anxiety, and the resultant bodily tensions that are such obstacles in labor and in swimming. There is nothing more pleasurable to observe than an expert human swimmer frolicking in deep water. Similarily there is nothing more marvelous to behold than an expert, educated, trained human mother giving birth."
Ladies, do you want your husbands/partners to be your primary support/coach for your birth? Consider looking into the Bradley Method of childbirth preparation. It is definitely worth your time. Go their website and search the directory for an instructor near you.