So I'm probably like most people where I fall in the middle. I would LOVE a pain-medication-free birth, but at the same time, I'm unprepared for the pain I will encounter and might (most likely will?) give in to an epidural. I was wondering how strong you were in your position to have a natural birth and if that helped you prevail, or did you give eventually give in because you couldn't handle the pain (barring necessary medical intervention)? In our birthing class, the doula who taught the class said that people who were determined to go natural usually ended up successful doing so, probably due to determination. I'm so in the middle, plus, I'm a wuss when it comes to pain!! Have I doomed myself by saying I'll probably give in? *Sigh*