My friends and family know that I like to be prepared, some may say to a fault. lol My personal philosophy is that when preparedness and opportunity meet, that's when you have luck. Also, when you have some level of preparation, the feelings of tension and fear significantly decrease. As a first time mom, that's HUGE - at least for me. I've read books, done research, attended classes and have done as much soul work as possible so that I can deal with any bumps down the road.