i took childbirth classes for my 1st child.
when i went into labor, everything i had learned went right out the door.
when dh tried to coach me, i bit his wrist as well as the id band off his wrist.
i was like linda blair from the exorcist. i remember the l&d nurse saying this was the worst labor she had seen in her 23 yrs of experience. and the stupid doctor was nowhere to be found.
by the time the ob was found, it was too late for an epidural. and i refused pain meds fearing it would affect the baby.
child #2 was 12 wks early so due to his size, the l&d was bearable.
child #3 i got an epidural-such sweeeeeeet relief. the only way i knew i was ready to push was from the pressure i felt. i reported the pressure, got an exam and i was 10 cm dilated and ready. i basically coughed him out.
so yeah, i can see from when the time comes, everything you've learned can go out the window.