Centre - The Question - Insect: Keywords here are industry and skill. This is the industry of the ant, or of the silkworm. It speaks of continued effort over time, and of community. So, at the heart of the question is the idea that overcoming my fears will take some work, and some support.
East - The Querent - Earth: I need to be grounded and practical, stable. Whatever helps with that will help me deal with this fear.
South - The Near Future - Phoenix: This is a card of joy, especially when found in the South. There can be joy in this experience, if I face my fears with determination. I see it also as rising from the ashes of my previous birthing experience. I can allow that to strengthen me, rather than weaken me. Use the knowledge gained from that to have a very different experience this time around.
West - The Objective - Scholar: This is one of the Guardian cards, and represents learning and wisdom. So, I need to learn from the past, but also research and study now, based on what is happening with this pregnancy. Yesterday, I wrote up a birth plan, then saw my obstetrician. That visit made me rethink what I'd just written. My plan had included something fear-based. And this pregnancy seems to be going very well. It might be worth putting in the fear-thought as a contingency, but not letting it rule this birth experience, especially as I now have more information about different forms of "best practice", which I wasn't aware of before.
This card also reminds me that I bought some hypnobirthing CD's last time around, and haven't yet listened to them this time. Also, I booked some antenatal classes yesterday. All these are good, practical things to do, to make me as well-prepared as I can be for the 'test' of this birth.
North - The Outcome - Duck: The keywords for this card are fidelity and partnership :) This is a reminder, firstly, that I should include my DH in these preparations as much as possible. Going through this experience together can help unite us all the more, if we let it. Secondly, it reminds me that this is about the start of a relationship with this new child. Keeping that in mind will help motivate me to do the work that needs to be done - that's what you do for someone you love!
Altogether, I found this reading helpful, and the cards are quite lovely. It'll definitely take some learning, but I like this deck...