I have 4 kiddies, my first 2 were drug free vaginal births. I then had a c-section due to bub being oblique breech, bub #4 was vbac once again drug free.
My first 2 were quick births 4hrs & 2hrs but bub #4 was 24hrs of stop start labour.
I do have a very high pain threshold but i also think it has alot to do with the way you approch labour.
I was never scared of it, totally open to anything with my first but i was also VERY addiment i was not going to hospital until i couldnt handle the pain anymore. I ended up going to hospital cause my waters broke. Bub was born 50mins after we arrived.
Dont let anyone scare you with their stories or the risks, stay totally positive, believe in yourself and your ability to birth your baby.
I had a client not long ago in labour and she had really reached her limit with the pain, she had been awake labouring for hours etc etc she was having a vba2c. Anyway she got to the point where she was demanding a c-section, once the contraction had gone i listed her options. At that point she decided an epidural would be perfect, that way it would give her some rest, let her gather herself again and if once the pain had eased and she still wanted the c-section then she could have it.
She went on to deliver her beautiful baby boy vaginally after 12hrs of labour.
So i guess what i am trying to say out of that story is an epidural wont necessarily mean a RCS would be easier, but simply takes the pressure off some of the feelings you maybe going through to enable you to gather yourself again and push on through the rest of your labour.
Remember its your body and your birth, no one can make you do anything you dont want to. Dont let anyone pressure you into something you dont want. You ALWAYS have the option to say NO. Just because the medical staff would like you to do something does not mean you have to.
SORRY for my rant!!! I hope my little story helps
Oh and even through my last labour was 24hrs with no drugs etc, it was by far soooo much better than a c-section!!!! I wil NEVER have a c-section unless my baby or i were dying.