Boyo1 was born in a hospital after I had an epidural, just like nature intended. I had back labor and double contractions. Not fun until the epidural kicked in. Then I was happy as a clam and watched a movie until it was time to push.
Boyo2 decided he wanted to come out like NOW and was born 45 minutes after the first contraction (back labor again) while I was home alone with Boyo1, then 2 1/2 years old. I crawled around the floor like a dog because it hurt so much, but only for 15 minutes or so. Then the baby crowned and I freaked the freak out and called 9-1-1. XWH came home just in time to say "hello" to the 9-1-1 operator and catch the baby.
I really preferred the epidural.