Epidural or Natural
I've had three with epidurals and one natural (well..two with the miscarry at 13 weeks). With me, the epidurals always were wearing off by the time baby started crowning so I still felt some, but not much. I always told my sister she was my hero for having five births all natural, one was even a UC homebirth-so she's still my hero lol. My last baby I was bound and determined to do it all natural-mostly because the hospital staff showed me the billing charge for the epidural-$3k for one shot. Jiminy!
I don't remember every detail of those first three, my last-it's a little fuzzy right after, but I can remember it. And that's priceless to me. I'm never going back to an epidural again. The freedom to move around, to pee without a catheter, to eat whatever I wanted-that helped SO MUCH.
But I completely understand those who want an epidural.
On a funny side, the anesthesiologists were happy to hear that their services weren't needed because the first time I got an epidural the doctor scarred my lower back pretty good so it made it harder for the subsequent two to get in the right place-and yes, they peeked in to tell me this while I was in labor with the baby. LOL