Furthermore, I think that hospital births and the behind-closed-doors secrecy of birth is what is scary to women, and why some elect primary cesareans. I have never seen a vaginal birth...hope to one day...but it seems that if natural births (at home) were commonplace, women would know what to expect, how to prepare, and see that the mom really does come through it all o.k. and that pain relief, IVs, labor augmentation, etc, etc are not necessary for a healthy mom and healthy baby.
Mind you - I went and got my staples out yesterday. The woman at the OB's office said "you still seem a little sore" as I climbed on the table. She seemed surprised that I was still "sore" (try in excruciating pain) after a whole week...and when I said it's always been like that, she seemed shocked. I guess maybe I just don't cope with it so well...