Ok... I've had 3... I was cut from one hole to the next on all 3.... The first wasn't so bad... Until my vagina hole ripped and they cut me the rest of the way through my behind hole... That hurt worse than the labor pains... The second, she was twisted the wrong way and stuck and I ripped through and through and they had to pull her out... It was the most insane pain that I can't describe... My third, I was cut from one hole to the next, but it wasn't so bad... My smallest baby was 5 lbs... My older two were both 6 lbs 10 oz but I count myself lucky because my BFF is smaller than me and has had four babies all over 8 1/2 lbs... But she never ripped or was cut... Go figure!!! Bottom line, it's the most intense pain you will EVER go through... But the second your baby is out, the pain disappears... Literally.. But you will be very sore down there for a week to 3 weeks... But it's manageable!
It does hurt to give birth for most women except for those are been operated. This is because the birth canal is narrow yet the baby has to come out facing down and backwards. To overcome this pain, one is given time and guided by the nurses to breathe and relax.
No use beating around the bush, yes. Labour is the painful part. Imagine bad period cramps and then times it be ten. The actual delivery part is not that painful at all. When it is time to push most of the pain goes away. I can tell you from experience, I had two kids with no drugs. With my first I had nitrous oxide (laughing gas), I highly recommend it, for my last 4 contractions, but other than that nothing. The gas is nice because it helps you to relax between contractions and doesn't give you and the baby the drunk feel of Demerol or the giant needle in the spine like an epidural, and they don't limit how much you can have. The most helpful thing of all, breathing. Deep breaths in through your nose, and out through your mouth. And, have something to concentrate on. For me it was having a new baby. But, regardless, the body is made to have babies. Millions of women have done it for a hundred thousand years. The pain is worth it for a happy, healthy baby. I strongly recommend prenatal classes to anyone having a baby. They teach great techniques and what to expect so you are not freaked out when the time comes. Sometimes it happens really fast and the doctors don't explain well.
Some times they will have to knife and slice the hole of a person's buttocks to the front hole to change it from 2 smaller holes to one big hole. That's assuming you are lucky enough that they don't have to do a c-section.