Hi kittyhead; I labored and pushed drug free in a hospital setting; I was very firm and plain from the get go with my MW and OB, and any nurse that set foot in the room that I did NOT want to be offered any drugs, and if I needed them, I would ask for them. And not one person offered me anything. I labored for 8 hours and pushed for 2 with no interventions - so you CAN do it in a hospital, just like everyone else has told you!!
In the end, I had a C-section - I pushed for 2 hours, and he didn't budge, even a millimeter - and you know what? I felt like I had done all I could, had done my best, and decided the section was right for us. I have no regrets about it at all.
Healed up like a champ, didn't take any pain meds after I was discharged home, and really was back to normal within a couple weeks...I didn't let the fact that it didn't go exactly as I had wanted it get me down.
Now, I know not everyone has a C-section experience like I did, and for women who are railroaded or forced into them, and have surgical complications, I feel truly
I guess what I'm trying to say is that I felt like I was in control of what happened, and that's why I had a great experience....so no matter what happens, you can make the best of it, as long as you stay calm and firm about your wishes!!
Oh, and yeah, it does hurt - but my whole thing was I *knew* it was going to end as soon as the baby was out, that it wouldn't go on forever, and that I would forget about it once it was over....so for me, that's how I got through it.
YOU can do it!!!