Quoting Mel & a girl named Pey:" Pitocin is the devil! Since my body wasn't 100% ready it was hell until I gave in after hours and hours ... [snip!] ... hard labor with no change. Got the epi and my body relaxed enough to dilate. The contractions were so intense I couldn't relax."
That's exactly what it was like for me.
After a few hours, the contractions became absolutely unbearable. I took the epi, even though I had vowed not to. I was then able to relax and started to progress.
At least I didn't end up with a c-section.
I hope to go into labor on my own this time.