I feel fortunate that I finally had the birth I wanted. It was a fast unmedicated hospital birth. I basically went from being able to talk in between contractions to being ready to push in a matter of 30 minutes. There were some really intense moments in there which included throwing up and feeling as though I was really losing it. I pushed on this low lying birth stool on the floor with two midwives, two nurses, a doula all cicled around me and I was able to lean back on my husband in between contractions. I could hold the baby right away and he wasn't taken away from me.
It was just so intense - it really hurt - but it was thrilling too. I get the urge to do it again even though "we're done".
I know this would sound crazy on any mainstream board.