I agree with the above poster. My last birth chose an epi because she was induced and high units of pitocin. She was miserable. For her, its was allowed her labor to progress. I wasn't disappointed in her, just the nurse who did a painful exam (with a cervix stretched thrown in with out warning) and told her as she was cringing she should get the epidural, and she of course wanted one. Even after talking wit her, she was sure (she had wanted to try to go with out) but later wonders if she could have made it. But I was a bit mifed that nurse who said she supported natural birth, pushed the epi on her at her weakest moment. But it ended up being a good choice for this mom, who had stayed at 4 cm for 4 hours on hard pitocin! She ended up with a great vaginal birth and has happy memories from her birth, and that's what matters!
mom to Reaghan born underwater into midwife's hands 1/17/07 & Myra born surrounded by doulas and midwife at home 1/12/09. Birth Educator, and Photographer, Baby #3 Coming May 2013!