One can get an epidural with only a test dose of medicine. I got mine after half an hour of pushing. (we were trying for an "oops! Babies came too soon for the epidural, but they took a tiny bit longer than that) Which is to say, no anesthesia, and I didn't have to labor hooked up to anything (though I did push hooked up).
Thanks for the vibes mamma-bear! 37 weeks, that's awesome even though I can understand the waiting game feeling. at the bumpy car ride, whatever works