If you don't have time to read a book about childbirth, here is a GREAT place to start. It's also a great resource to give to your husband to read, since some husbands are not likely to read a childbirth book along with you. :) Hopefully there are some husbands out there who do.
THESE are the topics put out by Lamaze to give you a quick overview of a Healthy Birth. Check it out!
Healthy Birth Practice 1: Let labor begin on its own
Healthy Birth Practice 2: Walk, move around and change positions throughout labor
Healthy Birth Practice 3: Bring a loved one, friend or doula for continuous support
Healthy Birth Practice 4: Avoid interventions that are not medically necessary
Healthy Birth Practice 5: Avoid giving birth on your back and follow your body's urges to push
Healthy Birth Practice 6: Keep your baby with you to enable the best relationship and to promote breastfeeding
Hey, and just so everyone knows, the new version of Lamaze does not teach "patterned breathing" anymore. So no more hee hee hoo's...unless your doula is coaching you to breath that way for only a moment during pushing if your baby is coming too fast and the doctor needs to untangle the cord or something. :)
The agreement amongst all childbirth educators is that the best way to breath during a contraction is slow and deep. So there you go, easy right?