To Epidural or to go Natural-- that is MY question!

I currently 36 weeks pregnant with my first child and I do not know if I should try a natural birth or do the epidural.

I know-- and heard-- that childbirth is painful. But I am truly petrified of that giant needle going into my spine and having a small catheter plugged into my spine for the remainder of my labor.

Many of my natural girlfriends have said after the birth they were more alert to their new baby and were able to walk around more freely and quickly rather than waiting for the epidural to wear off.

Anyone to weigh in?
By AlwaysTeaching 11 years ago :: Parenting
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