Last time around, my water had broken but my contractions never showed up, so they started giving me pitocin.
Ay ay ay... it was bad. Seriously, I wanted to kiss the feet of the anesthesiologist. The epidural was the best thing about being in labor, oh yeah then the whole I have a baby now thing :) . It's a good thing they don't sell epidurals on the street or I might be a drug addict. (okay not really, I don't even like taking Tylenol)
I know there are so many hard core people who give birth with no pain killers... but I don't really want to be one of them. Sometimes you don't have a choice, and if that happens I'll suck it up. But for now I think I'll just shove my fingers in my ears and start humming the next time someone tells me how awful their epidural was...because labor sucks, and I'm cool with not feeling extreme amounts of pain.