Endorphins are the name for the prize for natural childbirth and enduring the pain.
(I thought of that in the shower this morning. How obvious!)
I also thought of sending a gold star to every woman who doesn't have an epidural. We might use one pack in a week, don't you think? snort
(My epidural clients reading this... you DO know I believe there ARE reasons for having one. Don't doubt yours. Most of this is my personal backlash to these snide doctors and CNMs. Not at you and your choices. There is NO judgement regarding YOUR choices.)
(Is this backpedaling? I actually know how convoluted this topic is - perhaps this is my acknowlegement of such.)