Hello, I wanted to hear about mom's experiences on having a birth without the epidural (and even with) and if they would do it again. I've had two, my first was with an epidural and it was fine except the recovery once it wore off was rough, also it dropped baby's heart rate very low during labour. With baby 2 we had a surprise home birth with no medication, the 5 minutes leading up to pushing him out was when contractions got very intense, then the first push was where I felt the worst pain of my life, like I was being torn apart (I didn't realize till after I pushed how far into labour I was, I thought I had to poop before we left for the hospital). Thankfully I only had one more push and he was out, which wasn't nearly as painful, the stitching was awful since the numbing cream didn't work that well, but otherwise postpartum I felt 100x better and recovery was so much easier. Now pregnant with #3 and while I would love to have a non medicated birth to lessen risk to baby and help make recovery easier, I am SO afraid! Input please!