As a doula, obviously I am a huge fan of birth plans or making a list birth wishes. Prioritizing the what the most important aspects of the birth your child are for you is a great practice in exploration and preparation. It will also better equip you to communicate with practitioners about what you want in a normal situation and also if something unexpected pops up. I love this story from The Moth podcast though, because her birth plan gets thrown out the window. This story is about the unexpected. We often tend seek control over situations, the people around us, and aim to prevent the unexpected, when in some cases the unexpected might be the best thing that ever happens to you (example, the second half of this story). The best you can do is equip yourself with knowledge, practice controlling your emotional response to all sorts of stimuli, and look forward to the thrill of what is to come. Hope you enjoy the story.