My first baby was posterior and labour was slow and very painful, until I got an epidural, which was just wonderful. The second time round it was very quick (from 5cm dilated to baby being born in 25 minutes), and excrutiatingly painful. There was no time for pain relief. So with number 3, I am terrified that it's going to be this painful again.
I'm wondering whether a water birth or at least labour would make much of a difference. I know it's meant to slow labour down a bit which might help, but I wonder whether the difference will be enough. I guess I'm worried that I will decide to try a water birth and then find that it's just as painful as before, by which time it will be too late for pain relief again. I'm thinking I might chicken out this time and plan to have an epidural (unless there are enough people who have found waterbirths to be significantly less painful who can convince me otherwise).
Gas doesn't work for me, and I'm not keen to try hypnotherapy or anything like that.
Thanks in advance :)