When telling stories about labor and delivery, my friends seem to fall into two categories: those who experienced the worst pain ever and had horrible experiences (at least until their epidurals), and those who claim to have had serene, pain-free births without any medication. Now, after having given birth three times myself, I think people from both camps told me things about labor and delivery that just weren't true, or maybe their postpartum hormones were to blame with a classic case of elective memory loss.
The thing about labor and delivery is that it's so incredibly personal. Different people want and need different things to make it through, and if you are anything like me, the birth plan you think you wanted goes right out the window. My point is, your mileage may vary, and I hate to break it to you, but each birth experience you have might be drastically different, so you really don't know what might happen. Birth is definitely an adventure.
Personally, I had my share of painful labor and delivery moments. I have two words for you: back labor. It's almost the worst pain I've ever felt, made even worse by the fact that, the first two childbirths, I held out for 16 and 18 hours, respectively, before begging for an epidural, all because I thought I wanted an unmedicated labor. I was surprised to discover that my epidurals were actually pretty freaking empowering. This last time, I got my epidural before anything started, and it was magical. I highly recommend it.
I'm not saying there weren't beautiful moments too, though. After all, meeting my babies for the first time was about as magical as moments get. But I definitely didn't feel any physical pleasure during the experience. So, to my friends who claim to have had "orgasmic births?" Are you sure you didn't hallucinate from the pain?