I would never have a c-section unless it was medically neccessary!!! Honestly, labour is only as bad as you make it out to be. I was very positive going into it. I knew it would hurt, it would be over, and I would have a baby in the end. I had an awsome labour (yes, painful, but manageable) and delivery. The only thing I had was oxygen, because the baby needed it, no epidural, no pain meds. Yes it hurts, but suck it up, you're bringing a new person into the world! If you go into it thinking you're going to be screaming and miserable and freaking out, you probably will. If you go into it looking at the great new person you get to meet at the end, then you will be fine! Plus screaming and freaking out is just wasting the energy that you need to push the baby out, so save your breath! I know I can sound a little mean, but having had one natural birth, and waiting for the second any day now, I can say it from experience! Oh, and as for healing, my advice (for a vaginal birth) is that even though you may be sore, get up and moving as soon as possible. I was up and going about 2 hours after delivery, and 2 days later was walking around the block. I was sore, and had stiches, but my doctor told me that by getting up and moving so soon I had shortened my recovery time by weeks! Again, it wasn't fun while I was doing it, but it was worth it in the end!