Committing to an unmedicated birth is as frightening a decision as it is an empowering one. If this is your first pregnancy or you've never experienced an unmedicated birth before, you're likely doing your best to prepare and research the most effective strategies for getting through an unmedicated birth so that you can be as ready as possible once you go into labor.
I know the feeling: you're scared, but committed to doing things as "naturally" as possible. Luckily, your body knows what its doing when it comes to growing and birthing a human, and if you have a risk-free pregnancy, chances are pretty good that you'll have a smooth labor and won't need any medical interventions. Although there's absolutely nothing wrong with wanting medications, for some moms the thought of a natural birth is exciting and seems like the best way to let nature do it's thing.
There are many strategies to getting through the pain of labor. Most of them emphasize using positioning, deep breathing, and other non-invasive pain management techniques. Whatever method you think will be most effective, it's best to read up on more than one, so that you're well-versed in the common techniques when your big day comes.
Some moms choose to attend birthing classes, which usually discuss one or more of the common "birthing methods," others decide to read up on effect techniques separately and piece them together to make a method unique to them. However you decide to go about it, knowing the most common birthing methods and separate techniques for managing pain will help you decide what's best for you.