It's all about the end game in Dr. Atul Gawande's, "The Score"

Your bag's at the door; the dog walker's lined up. You could recite your birth plan in your sleep. 

It's time. You're nervous, excited, a little scared...but you're ready. Things start off just how you imagine. 

But, sometimes the best of plans don't work out. Life intervenes with the unexpected, and sometimes, things fall apart. Remember this: No matter what your plan entails, no matter how things work out, the end goal is simple. Healthy mom, healthy baby. That's what matters most. 

Beloved doctor and renowned writer, Dr. Atul Gawande walks us through the history and evolution of modern-day birth culture, in this throwback New Yorker article, The Score