A&C's Mommy Due May 13; 2 kids; Nevada 5612 posts23rd Apr
I know you're looking for answers from people who have had both but I thought I'd share anyway :) I went in last time wanting an all natural birth but as soon as the contractions started getting stronger, I gave in to the epi. It takes the pain away, but I felt like it took so much of the emotion away too. I never felt the urge to push either. I am going in this time with the mindset that labor pain is good pain and I'm determined to make it through without the epi. I just want to actually feel like I'm a part of what my body is doing, not like a bystander to my own child's birth.