My first was a spontaneous labour, I did the usual, rocked back and forth on all fours, showered for an eternity, slept on and off through the pethidine...had an epi and snoozed until a nurse told me it was time to start pushing.
Second labour I was induced, baby was posteria- I walked the hospital halls all day, hung out with family and just waited and waited for the labour to get into full swing. It didn't, so in the evening I was given the drip which meant I was strapped to the monitors and stuck in the bed. When labour finally amped up I sucked on the gas through every contraction right up until around 8cms when I had the epi and could relax, watch TV and talk to DH again. I gave birth both times lying in the bed on my back, slightly propped up.