Quoting Devil Duckie:" I was induced at 10 days past my due date. My daughter's skin was peeling and red. it looked sore like ... [snip!] ... agony and risk your babies life just so you can say you did it drug free. I doesn't make you a hero or any more of a mom. "
What happeend with your daughter was unfortunate, but it is NOT the norm.
I know birth will hurt, and I know I can handle the pain, but it is NOT scary in the least.
Our bodies are meant to give birth - our bodies know what to do. Ive had a natural birth, an induced birth with an epi and I also birthed after going in to labour naturally, with an epi - so I have evidence that (chances are) everything will turn out alright - but the more I research and the more I educate myself, the more I know that I dont need all the intervention that is so common now.
Epidurals can do awful things to people, and there is no way of knowing if its going to happen to you or not - its a chance you take. I would rather not take that chance. Not because I want to be hero for doing it natually, but because I have faith in my body, faith in my mind, and faith in my baby that we can do it without all the risks.