I voted 'yes' because I did get my dream birth, but the 'everything went as I hoped' part isn't exactly true. Everything went the opposite that I had hoped. I had fully expected on walking into the hospital, getting my epidural, sleeping for a few hours, then push out my child.
What REALLY happened was that the anesthesiologist was off doing emergency surgery, I dialated from 6 to 10 in an hour, and had a mostly unmedicated birth (except for a few puffs from a nitrous oxide mask they brought in)
This time around, I still wanted my epidural, but my goal was to deal with the pain as long as possible, labour in better positions, NOT TEAR... well, still didn't get the epidural, same reasons as last time. I laboured great on the birthing ball. The nurse kept commenting at how well I was coping. (I'm not a 'screamer'
I'm a silent breather) My son was born after six hours of labour, exactly two pushes, and no tearing.
Soooo... while I didn't get the births that I THOUGHT I wanted, when I look back, I'm proud of myself for what I did accomplish.
My third child will be birthed without the illusion of an epidural at all.
(For the record, my hospital is not mainstream at ALL... babies room in. I don't think they even have a nursery. Episiotomies and IV's are not routinely given, you can labour where you want. They encourage you to get out of bed unless you've opted for the epidural. They have lactation consultants on staff that you can buzz at any time, and all the nurses make sure the baby is nursing properly. All the information pamphlets are geared towards breastfeeding)