if i didn't have an epidural, idk how i would have gotten through it. seriously. every time the doc checked me to see how far i was dialated, i had a panic attack. getting that epi allowed me to calm down and focus.
i got a full epidural by request. so i didn't feel anything. it slowed down my labor significantly and i got pictocin. i got a catheter after the epi. when it was time to push, they dialed back the dosage so i could feel the pressure.
i checked into the hospital @ 9am and had him right before 8pm. i pushed for 20min.
for me, trying to do that first poop afterwards was scarier than the labor
(hint: don't skimp on the stool softeners)
when he was 3 months, i had a twinge at the epi spot but that has been it.
have yall looked into water births? i hear wonderful things about them. and walking epidurals are a good inbetween. my best friend had one and she hobbled around the halls until she was ready to push and w/3 pushes, the baby was out.
just do what is best for YOU. no one else is having that baby but you, and we can only give you our personal stories. don't listen to women saying that you're not a real woman if you don't go at it naturally. (hint: if the baby is coming out of your body, you are a real woman)
i bet eve herself would have considered an epidural.