One of the best ways to insure a satisfying birth experience is to become fully informed, an active participant in your maternity care. The following books are highly recommended:
The Thinking Woman's Guide to a Better Birth, Henci Goer
Born in the USA: How a Broken Maternity Care System Must Be Fixed to Put Women and Children First, Marsden Wagner
Barriers to Empowering Birth Experiences:
The NUMBER ONE intervention that interferes with a woman's ability to experience childbirth as something she does, that she is empowered and able to do, instead of something that is done to her, that she must be delivered from, is induction for non-medical reasons.