I can't say "yes" to your question but I'd like to respond anyway if that's okay. This question is a meaningful and emotionally loaded one for me. I have had one epidural birth followed by two home births.
If I ever have another birth, I feel I really will have to get an epidural.
I LOVE homebirth, the tender and strong care of a midwife, the incredible security of my own home, the privacy, the control, the lack of interventions, and ABOVE ALL the complete privacy with my newborn child from the time he emerges until I am ready to share him. These things are so near and dear to my heart, I can't tell you how strongly I feel about them.
Even though my epidural birth was successful and no other interventions were done (except annoyances like fetal monitor strapped on and episiotomy, etc), I really hated the lack of privacy etc of being in the hospital's system (arguing with them about how long I could nurse my newborn before they had to take her to weigh her etc UGH).
But I just find the pain of labor too much to set myself up for a drug-free labor again. It's only a few hours, I know, and the pay off is so big. But I just don't think I can do that to myself again. I'm not one of those women (as I'd wanted to be) who could find the pain meaningful, healthy, empowering, manageable or otherwise positive in some way. I felt like I was being axe murdered both times.
I hate it that I can't have some kind of opiate at home. I could if I were recovering from surgery, but not to have labor. I know that's controversial and a pipe dream, and I don't want to debate it here, but it would be my dream.
I just gave birth two weeks ago. Holding my new baby is euphoric. I wish I could contemplate another birth without having to choose between giving myself over to the hospital or screaming my lungs out at home. This is on my mind a lot lately and I'm feeling really sad about it, so I thought I'd just chime in on this thread.