I didn't have an epidural either time, for the same reason--I am terrified of needles and didn't want anything going into my spine. I have an extremely low tolerance for pain. The first time I was induced, and it was EXTREMELY PAINFUL, but I did have some Stadol. The second time, I went into labor on my own, and the really bad pain only lasted about 3 hours, as opposed to 8 hours when I was induced. I didn't have ANYTHING the second time around. By the time I decided I wanted something, it was too late for Stadol, and getting an epidural would have taken longer than just finishing up on my own, although I could have had one if I really wanted one. If you go into labor on your own, it is much easier than being induced. My advice is to really pay attention in your childbirth class and learn all the breathing and concentration techniques that you can. And don't let people discourage you--everyone and their brother told me "You'll never be able to do it..." and I did. You just have to concentrate really hard and not give up. The breathing and concentration exercises were the only things that helped me through it.