I was induced with my first and my third for two different reasons both positive epidural free births
baby one I was overdue (only 41 weeks) and starting to get high bp, I went in on a saturday and they placed a foley catheter with the balloon inflated in my uterus putting pressure on my cervix to help it efface and dialate. Then I went back to labor and delivery on monday morning had the catheter removed and started on pitocin by around noon, my son was born 2 and a half hours later I was 4 cm dialated from the foley to begin with and I went from 4-10 in 30 minutes although it did take a full two hours of pushing to get him out (if I had waited till I felt the need to push I could have saved myself a lot of energy) I took no pain meds and no epidural with him.
baby #3 my membranes had been ruptured for 24 hours and without a negative strep b test I was very concerned about developing an infection so I requested to be induced, my son was posterior and the labor although it only took 4 hours was a lot worse than any of my other labors and I used some laughing gas to get over a hump where I felt like I was losing control (likely transition) he was born sunny side up with both of us alert, aware and able to bond immediately
I found it very difficult to ask for the gas for pain relief, because I had a real mind set that med free labors were the gold standard and that I was failing somehow, but there is nothing wrong with asking for medication if you know that is what you want, how its going to be used, how its going to affect you and the baby. Sometimes its necessary. Most of the time its not especially if you have the freedom to move during labor that your body needs. I think this is why induced labors are so much harder, because moms are essentially tied to the bed, you can get up and stand beside it but you don't have full freedom of movement and its a big fiasco to unplug all the monitors for you to do something simple like go to the bathroom
I hope all goes well with your baby and your birth