I did go med-free. I was hoping to go med-free anyway and obviously I didn't end up really having a choice in the end. I will be honest and tell you that when we first got to the hospital I wasn't sure if I could do it without an epidural. I didn't know how far I had progressed and I did not think I could continue on that way for hours more.
My contractions were really not that bad until the very end and I think having to go through transition while riding in the car was part of why they were so bad I didn't know if I could keep handling them. The contractions I had before my water broke were definitely painful, but nothing I couldn't breathe through.
For me pushing was a relief (I know some say it is and some say it's worse than the contractions). The "ring of fire" part really does burn like h*ll but the rest was not that bad. I was able to deliver this time without tearing at all after tearing during my last delivery when I had an epidural. I don't know if they are related or not, but my recovery has been SO much better this time. I seriously am not sore at all down below - I have been having more problems with my back being sore!
Sorry this is so long, but since you asked... If going all natural is something you're interested in you should definitely go for it. It was definitely an amazing experience and I am thrilled that I was able to do it - all in all I would say I had a much better experience this time and if we were having more kids (which we're not) I would definitely go med-free again. HTH!