I noticed that this one thing people are most afraid of in the 5 fears thread. I have had one, and although it obviously wasn't wonderful I can honestly say it wasn't THAT bad. I'd had an epidural, so didn't even know it was happening, they just told me I needed a ventuse to help and that was it. They didn't even ask about the episiotomy. So, I would worry about that too much, by the time you are in full blown labor you will just want it to be over and meet your baby and won't care what they do to make it go faster!