In a recent email conversation, one of my fellow independent childbirth instructors, Dale Bernucca, commented that she includes this statement in her childbirth education series. There are no do-overs. This is important to keep in mind, because, whatever the outcome, you can’t go back and do it differently. You have to make your choices, using the best information that you have at the time. If something happens in your birth that you afterwards wish had happened differently, know that that is normal, but don’t beat yourself up over it — you did what you thought was best at the time.
But this also underscores the importance of being educated in the first place, so that you can make the best decision possible.