I am 23 weeks pregnant with my first baby and I've always wanted to have vaginal birth with epidural because I think that way I could enjoy the moment even more. But, I know how the epidural is administered (by inserting a large needle in your column), I've seen many times how it is performed and now that I am pregnant, thinking about having that needle inserted in my column is scary, I know this can be safe in the right hands, but is just too scary for me. So I dediced to go without epidural and my husband is supporting my decision and keep telling me that I am strong enough for standing the pain. I've seen many women giving birth without epidural and it looks really painful, but they have survived!
Have you gone through vaginal birth without epidural? Would you change that if you could? What techniques did you use to minimize the pain?