If you ever had any ambitions for diva status, being in labour brings you a golden ticket. You really are the star of this show, so don’t be afraid to behave as one. If you only want red M&Ms in your dressing room, now is the time to say so. Asserting yourself, and being demanding is not only reasonable when you’re birthing a brand new person, but it will also make you feel stronger and more in control, which can have real benefits in the white heat of contractions. How you are treated will directly affect how you feel and how you cope. Make the most of it – once the birth is over, your status will be well and truly usurped by your baby.