My first child was born with epidural, epis from a-hole to breakfast time (which, BTW, still aches in the cold weather!!) forceps, internal monitoring, mec liquor, HR about 85 - basically everything but the kitchen sink. Oh, & they were prepping me for a caesar as they pulled him out.....NOT fun. I was 21 at the time & basically did as I was told....not knowing any better.
Cut to 3 yrs later for my 2nd....I had been studying in the meantime, & yes, I turned into a "stubborn, militant" ******!! To the point where I told the midwife to F&*% off & let me do this by myself when she tried to examine me at one point (had a friend who was a midwife in that hospital, & apparently they were talking about me for days!!).
Anyway, recovery time was 24 hours as opposed to 3 days (even though the second labour was 7 hours from start of 2nd stage instead of 45 min with the first), bub B/F straight away, I had no problems B/Fing, & I didn't have to spend the next 6 weeks standing up to eat with a wound infection!!
Don't know what method it was.....basically me doing what my body told me. All the books went out the window, & I moved around & positioned myself according to what felt comfortable. I'm afraid I did turn into a raving lunatic, but to the midwives credit they stepped back & stayed there for support, & didn't try to make me do anything I didn't want to, & it was a much more satisfying experience for all of that.