I was induced with my first. I was so nervous at first. I wanted to go completely naturally (without drugs for pain). I made it to 5 cm without them and honestly I'm not a whimp, but I was having trouble breathing (more like holding my breath) and I was miserable. I got my epidural (much to the relief of my nurses and my family - lol!). Life was great after that. The pitocin they give you to induce labor makes your contractions sharper, stronger and come more quickly. But after the epidural, I felt no pain - only pressure, until it was time to push. It was wonderful. I was alert, pretty much pain free afterwards and able to hold and enjoy my first beautiful child. I was only in labor 7 hours total, so there wasn't that whole in labor for days thing. Make your decision on pain medications, but be open minded that you may want to change your mind. Good luck! :) PS - I plan to be induced with this baby too. I wasn't with #2 and it wasn't as pleasant.