I remember during my own birth I experienced my birth through thoughts, not through physical reality. I felt the fresh cold cloth on my head and thought it was the sweetest gift someone could have ever given me, but had no idea who put it there. I smelled the scent of a new person entering my birth room and thought "the scent of that perfume is going to make me throw up. Get lost! Get lost!" but had no idea who was wearing it. I felt my husband's gentle touch on my neck and when he left me to set up the birth pool, I was ready to go all hulk on him.
The thoughts that go on inside a woman's mind during labour are fascinating. She might be focused inward but she is still taking everything in around her.
So I asked some women what was going on in their head during this exact moment of birth captured below.