I don't think a vaginal birth is something that's all that bad to miss. I'd love to miss mine! My current OB (I'm thinking of switching) is intent on me delivering naturally/with epidural at age 44. I don't get it! My stomach is HUGE right now, and I still have nearly 3 months to go. What the hey? I think I've got a line-backer in there and I'm not that big of a person, so I'm terrified!
Be happy there is a plan and you don't have to wonder "what if" and do everything on the fly. 8 more days - aaaaahhhh! So nerve racking and so exciting, at the same time. If you had 8 more months, you still wouldn't be ready. Who would? We just take it as it comes.
I'll be watching for your updates!
HAPPY, Happy New Year!