Quoting Lizplustwo:" I had one and I didn't even notice. You're numb from the waist down and totally preoccupied with labor, so while the thought might freak you out now, it's really not a big deal. "
<blockquote><b>Quoting Lizplustwo:</b>" All this stuff that people get freaked out about prior to giving birth, like catheters and pooping while ... [snip!] ... you don't even bat an eye, and you barely remember it afterwards. So what seems like a big deal to you now, really won't be."</blockquote>
This! I was in full blown labor before I got the epi & I pooped in a bed pan & quite frankly didn't care at all. After the pain I went through before I got the epi, I didn't give two shits what anyone did to me. The catheter was the least of my worries as well.
I wouldn't have even known I pooped had I not been watching myself give birth in the full-length mirror...and I have a vague memory of them taking the catheter out afterwards. But I promise you, it wasn't horrifying. I'd rather that than give birth in a puddle of my own urine.
Thanks for the info ladies!