I voted "yes". I am not currently pregnant (not confirmed, am waiting to test) and the thought of another birth scares the crap out of me. Warning: graphic labour horror story follows.
My first (and only, so far) birth was a horror story to one who is as control-freakish as I am. I wanted a home birth using a birthing tub. No interventions, no tearing, midwife. What I GOT was a GBS pos test result, an early amniotic sac rupture (high) which resulted in threats (from another midwife) of hospital/being induced, etc) if I didn't go into labour RIGHT NOW (had been experiencing super mild contractions to that point). I went thru another 6 hours of mild cx until a different midwife came and, during cervical check, accidentally ruptured (completely) my amniotic sac. Huh? Thought it was already ruptured....
This pushed me directly into hardcore active labour (not a nice transition) that shocked me with it's intensity. Like another poster, I was in a self-deluded state re "it's not gonna hurt" Hypnobabies (totally my own fault, I suppose) and with zero break between most contractions, was not ready. Add in the defective birthing tub heater and things sucked. THEN my blood pressure was through the roof, the baby's HR was high...I ended up with a transfer and a recommended epidural to bring down my BP (which it DIDN'T, by the way...and it didn't even work as half my body still felt pain. What a ripoff).
I had a cervical lip that wouldn't go away, so the midwife and the OB on call "helped" me push DD past it . Then I couldn't get her past my pubic bone..hours after hours of pushing, a total of 3 hours that felt like 30. Finally, BP so high, baby's HR so high, plus now meconium in the amniotic fluid, I was threatened with C section if I didn't get her out right away. Still unable, even with help from OB. So I ended up with a forceps delivery (was absolutely terrified of that) and a minor tear, which was the LEAST of my worries. On the way past my pubic bone, DD broke my tailbone. That was why I couldn't get her past it myself, I assume. The broken tailbone is still healing, 15 months later. What should have been a euphoric few weeks post birth was hell due to the fracture.
Baby was taken from me immediately to have deep suction but she cried before they got her there so they didn't bother. But I didn't get to hold her for almost 10 minutes. Then the OB pulled the cord to get placenta out (rushed due to premature birth coming in behind me) and 6 hours later I ended up with major blood loss (that eventually required blood transfusion)-either from pushing before fully dilated (at THEIR urging), or from the placenta being pulled out. 2 manual clot removals later (the most painful thing I've experienced considering my tailbone was broken) I was ready to die.
After birth my BP didn't drop but went up further, requiring me to go on drugs for almost 8 weeks to control it.
But...baby healthy, great breastfeeding relationship (still am!) and might be pregnant now, unexpectedly.
My plans this time around will include a hospital birth just in case of blood loss, and midwife again, and will try Hypnobabies again. I will work on relaxing and letting it happen, and giving up on the panic I felt when I thought I might have to be induced. I am terrified of interventions and being bullied. Not looking forward to the pain, though. And I am absolutely petrified my tailbone will break again. I've been told that second births are easier, and I'm praying for that to be true.