definitely a must-read for those planning to have a natural birth, though i think that all women preparing for birth should read this book. in some aspects it did feel like a cheesy "self-help" book, but england really does give some good insight on why some women end up having a birth experience that they are not satisfied with or did not want to begin with. england also provides exercises to do to help women face their birthing fears, come to terms with previous birthing experiences that they have had, or to just get more "connected" to their current pregnancy.
she also has a section dedicated to the birthing coaches and how he/she can make the birthing experience more "enjoyable", and includes a couple of "cheat sheets" in the back of the book for them to use during the actual birth, which is really nice considering there are so many other things going on on that day, so it's nice to not have to worry about memorizing something. i'll be copying them for D.