Last night our dulah said "The more civilized you are, the harder it is to give birth." We we talking about Lamaze, breathing strategies, and how to remain focused during labor. The key seems to be to shut your consciousness off. Let all of our civilized cogito fade away. Trick your consciousness to turn off. Let your body do its job.
The more I learn about delivery, the more I appreciate SJ's Mind Wide Open. Our conscious mind is such a small part of our total intelligence--our body is thinking in ways that our consciousness can't imagine.