I got speaking to my coworkers about labor as it is my first birth. Both ladies did a natural birth with no epidural. They use this gadget called TENS Unit which you can rent it from BOOTS or buy it. What it does it sent a current everytime you get a contraction (wave if you're into Hypnobirthing) also keep you occupied during that waiting period. I'm planning to get mine (rental) after I do some more reading. I just wanted to share with you.