You spend nine months dreaming about the day you get to meet your baby. You meticulously design your birth, you draft up the perfect birth plan, you over-prepare, then you go into labor, and nothing goes like it is supposed to. When things do not go as planned, it can be a huge disappointment. There are so many factors that impact your labor and birth, and when the big birthday comes, it is possible that some of those things are out of our control and can send your birth experience in a different direction than you planned. You often hear, ‘all that matters is that you have a healthy baby. That is important, but how you feel about your birth experience is also important, and it also matters. Everyone copes with emotions differently, and this episode has some tips and strategies you can apply in the event your birth does not go as planned and some ways to be more prepared for those unexpected outcomes.