So a post on this board prompted me to say something. Anyone considering in an epidural - yes they do give you a catheter when you get an epi. They are SUPPOSED to take it out before you start pushing. I would encourage everyone to DEMAND that they take it out first.
I remember asking one of my nurses if they would take it out before I started the pushing process and she told me they would. For some stupid reason they didn't and I ended up pushing it out of my urethra on my own, before I pushed my daughter out. And let me just tell you it F'ed ME UP. It is like this balloon thing that they inflate in your bladder and the massive thing came out whole. I lost all bladder control for weeks and weeks afterward. (Any time I stood up I would pee my pants)
So it was absolutely awful and I believe it contributed to my 2nd degree perineal tear. Please learn from me and be your own advocate - it is not worth the damage, and all it takes is for you to tell someone (like your husband or whoever is in the room) to remind the staff that is what you want.
Good luck to you all!