You CAN do it, it's all about choice and pain tolerance. I had back labour with my first - TRUE back labour due to her position. She was posterior and got stuck. I did not want an epidural, but had one after 9 hours of labour. I had complications due to her position and the epidural. I narrowly avoided an emergency c-section because she was in distress. They were able to get her out quickly using the vaccuum. For my second I was even more adamant that I did not want an epidural. This time, i managed to endure the labour and delivery with no pain meds. With this one, even though my labour was still long (14 hours), it was not near as long as my first and the baby was not posterior. Despite bone-shattering pain, I could actually feel the progress with this one. It was motivating being able to feel progression with each push and each contraction. My birth without the epidural was a thousand times better than the one with the epidural. I am not planning a third, but if I was, there is no way I would have an epidural again, unless I needed a c-section. It's all about your mindset.