I was just thinking that the person who is considering natural birth might read my birth story and become discouraged. Please don't. Even though I ended up with a c-section, I feel so blessed to have been able to experience natural labor. Yes, that sounds crazy, but it is true. Part of my motivation for wanting an unmedicated labor was just wanting to be an active participant in my baby's birth, and I most definitely was. I have zero regrets about my experience. It is intense, but completely amazing to experience your body prepare to bring new life into the world.
I think that my experience is very out of the ordinary. Most people have labors that are around 12-15 hours... not 80... and most babies are in a good birthing position. I would most definitely go through that labor again to experience my sons birth. It is hard hard work, but it is not insurmountable. If I did it, you can do it. Please be encouraged that natural labor and birth is something you absolutely can do, if you want to. Of course - leaving room for God and baby to have their change of plans (as was my case).
Okay - there is my disclaimer. Now you can read my birth story below. :-)