I had a different experience with each of my three deliveries.With my first I was induced and had IV pain medication until just before I had to push. I got a spinal block shot, which is like an epidural in that it numbs you up but it's a one time shot that lasts about 2 hours. It gave me a horrible spinal migraine. My labor was very short, only 3 hours and that, coupled with not going into labor on my own made me need an episiotomy. The recovery from both the spinal block and episiotomy was rough.With my second I opted for an epidural and it was terrible for me. My L3 and L4 vertebrae are rotated and that was the only spot the anesthesiologist could get the line in. I had to lie on my left side all day (my labor last for 18 hours) and my labor progressed very slowly. The doctor broke my water and that made my contractions extremely painful. I hadn't felt anything all day until then and the pain was unbearable but eventually the anesthesiologist upped the pain meds. This time I decided on just IV pain meds. I was only in labor for about 5 hours. I got one dose of pain medication that helped take the edge off the contractions and allowed me to sleep. (Which was nice because I went into labor in the middle of the night and had barely slept for a few days before.) It wore off about 30-45 minutes before I had to push and wasn't able to get another dose because narcotic medications can cause breathing problems for babies if they're given too close to the time of birth. So I had a natural delivery. It was painful, but it was what I wanted this time. Thankfully, once my kiddos are ready to come out they're really ready and I only have to push about three times. I don't know if I could have handled hours of pushing. The natural delivery felt like I was on fire and like I was being ripped in half at the same time. If it hadn't been for my husband's encouragement I don't think I could have done it. But, as soon as I had found the words to describe the pain I had already started to forget what it felt like. Our bodies produce hormones and things that help us forget the pain almost immediately. And as painful as it was, I can honestly say that if I have another baby I'll have a natural delivery again. The recovery was much easier and faster and I enjoyed bonding with my baby right away instead of feeling groggy or being in pain.