Yeah they are, my best friend's dad run's a dairy farm and he fell off a silo at like 20 foot up and waited to go get checked out.
Labor #1 was by far the worst pain ever. Premature rupture of the membranes, back labor, pitocin, meconium, saline pump up my hoo-hah, failed epidural, over 4 hours of pushing, vaccuum extraction, shoulder dystocia episiotomy (all the way down)and a rip into the urethra. It was the most hellish experience of my life, I vomitted from the pain, I pushed for so long my stomach muscles could not hold the weight of my upper body up for about 2-3 days postpartum. To top it all off they whisked my baby away to the NICU before I could barely get a look at her. Recovery was bad as well.
Labor #2 was totally different. Got to the hospital dilated to an 8, jumped up on the bed and pushed her out in 7 minutes. The most wonderful part was they laid her up on my belly, daddy got to cut the cord and I got to nurse and cuddle her for about an hour before I moved to the pp room and the nurses weighed her and checked her out. Painful but not bad.
Even after my hellish labor #1 I went ahead and got pregnant 18 months later. The prize you get at the end is so worth every second of it.