When one of my best friends was pregnant and in labor her husband refused to pay for any pain medication for her. They did not have insurance and went to some midwife clinic, but pain medication was available if you needed it. Her husband felt it was too expensive and she was in labor for something like 23 hours. She had a natural delivery and a big baby, she said it was the worst experience of her life. My first labor was back labor and the epidural does not work with taking the pain away with back labor so I can only imagine that hers had to be so much worse. I just thought her husband was such a jerk.....I really hated him for the things he did to my friend and yet she loved him with all her heart.