There are several different birthing methods. Each style offers advantages and disadvantages as well as unique coping strategies. It is wise to become familiar with all of them and then choose one that you will learn about in depth, either through an instructor led class or by buying the text and teaching yourself. A doula will be familiar with many different birthing methods and will be able to guide you in a choice that fits both your personality and your desired level of intervention/pain relief. Please take the time to read about choosing a childbirth educator. It is important to remember that an educator that is affiliated with a hospital will offer different information than an independent instructor Hospital based educators are often restricted in the information they are allowed to offer by hospital policy. This list is by no means inclusive, however, these are currently the most popular methods of childbirth preparation.