How can you ever be ready for the birth of your first child? It is the most amazing moment anyone can hope to experience during their life. It is the singularity of life; what has gone before is all a footnote, what comes after the event horizon cannot be anticipated.
All the reading in the world cannot but seem to be a pale imitation of the event. I once read that Zen loses it’s meaning when written down; that enlightenment is in the experience. I expect the same is true of birth; no matter how many books I’ve read, how many miracle of life National Geographic specials I have seen, the true meaning—the enlightenment—of my child’s birth is something that I cannot prepare for.
No matter what god or gods you do or do not believe in the creation if life is the greatest of all miracles.