I loved this woman's birth story! You can find it here: http://www.babycenter.com/100_birth-story-a-native-american-journey_5235224.bc
What I really appreciated was her idea that the key to working through labor is to accept it, and integrate it. I have found how important these two things are and that it is an on going process from the time you first decide to work on it, to after the baby is born. I have seen that labors are the most painful when women no longer do this. It's at the time that they decide they absolutely need the epidural that the pain becomes true pain. It's when they start fighting it and pushing it back, that it becomes unconquerable.
I found this to be true with my own labors. I have very vivid memories of one time in particular when I forgot to accept the pain and it hurt much worse than it had before. I pulled myself back in and refocused by allowing the pain to work through me. I was amazed at the difference between one contraction and the next.