What do you think about natural birth
I LOVE natural birth! All my births were natural as far as no drugs, vaginal deliveries except my first two, and in my fifth the doctor did strip my membranes to see if it would start labor since I was a week and a half overdue. It worked and I avoided being induced the next day, which was scheduled by the way! My doctor was disappointed because she really wanted to deliver that baby as she was leaving Obstetrics that month to just practice Gynecology. She goes, "You just couldn't wait, could you?" She was not on call the night before but came in the next morning, when she was suppose to induce me but I had delivered. And yes, that was my favorite OB I've talked about. ;)
And I totally agree with you Mara, if the epidural is administrated properly and in correct amounts, it aids in the way labor and delivery SHOULD be.
I had a longer recovery. My back hurt for month and months, probably up to a year and was sensitive to touch along my spine for longer than that.
I had been given Demerol and don't even remember asking for an epidural, but my husband said I did. I don't thing a woman under the influence of drugs is quite capable of making rational decisions like that especially when I don't even remember asking for Demerol or the epidural. NEVER again I said and I didn't. The only thing I had again was Pitocin when they induced me with my second, but I never had that again after reading all the side affects etc.