I had a 19 hour completely natural birth (by choice) and at one point during the contractions I asked my mom (who had 6 children) "This hurts sooooo bad! Once somebody experiences this, why would they EVER do it again?!" She explained to me that once the baby comes and you hold him, everything is totally worth it and you forget about the pain over time. She was right, because now I'm 6 weeks with our next baby!In my opinion, the contractions hurt worse than the actual labor, and by the time all was said and done, passing the after-birth didn't hurt at all.I was induced with Pitocin, and I do believe that made the contractions worse than they would have been because he was obviously not ready to come yet and my body was fighting it so I think it hurt alot worse than if he had gotten to decide when to come, but my blood pressure was too high for that. :(Congrats & Good Luck!