This is my first and I have NO idea what it feels like. I know my pain tolerance is pretty strong, and knowing there is a purpose for the pain makes it easier for me to cope too.. Everyone around me says I'm crazy for it, I mean, I fully understand that it's going to hurt. I want the experience. I toured a birth center the other day, my insurance covers it and everything. The hospital is 5 minutes away too. They have NO pain medication there at all, nothing. They offer water birth which is what I really want to do, it's a nice place and everything, I just don't know what to do now. They said 12%-13% of women there decide that they can't do it anymore and they take them to the hospital, so I'm not limited if I go there and I really cant do it. I'm not saying I can do it because I have no clue, I've been told to take the worst pain I've ever felt and triple it. In my life I have learned to take pain and make it into something positive. I know it's nothing compared to a birth, but I have a tattoo and I loved getting that done, it didn't hurt at all I thought it felt good..I have 3 tongue piercings, my bellybutton is pierced, and my private area too .. The only one I screamed for was my coochie area and it was brief and the scream was mostly just to cope with it. I deal better with long lasting throbbing pain rather than horribly sudden pain. I used to be a self mutilator too.. None of that was painful to me. The worst pain I've ever felt was when I dealt with Erythema Nodosum. It swelled up my whole right leg and pressed on all of my nerves. I couldn't walk on it and it was extremely painful to move it. I never cried except out of frustration with it. It lasted for days. I have no idea if it's anywhere comparable to labor, but to triple that pain would really test my threshold.. I think I could do it. I'm just so stuck, I have NO idea what to do! I want this experience, I plan on screaming and I understand it's going to be horrible, I guess I'm just scared because everyone says I'm crazy for it and I have no idea what I'm walking into.