Maybe that is true in a lot of cases, but not always. I researched my choices, planned on a natural childbirth both times, hypnosis for #2. My mom is a midwife, for crying out loud. I know the risks of epidurals. And yet, I had epidurals with both births. I won't go into long details here, but there are a number of stories over on that thread about going back to epidural after a natural birth where women describe their reasons for chosing medicated births. Please don't assume that anyone who has an epidural is doing so because she doesn't know any better or was mislead by her OB.
Originally Posted by redsonya
I think you're being over sensitive. You shouldn't be judgemental of women who choose pain meds (notice I used the word "choose--" pain meds should never be pushed or forced on a woman).
I believe that there are many women who have never explored their birth options. They don't know about the benefits of movement in labor, water to ease pain, support from doulas . . . They are not equipped to make an educated choice, so they choose what their OB's and nurses present as the only option - an epidural.