THis will be my 4th baby. I had an epi with my other 3. I really didn't do much research on pain medications. With my first, I totally wanted to try and go natural, but the pain was so unbearable that I caved and got an epi. My contractions were so intense that I couldn't breathe or even sit still. I don't think I would have been able to sit still for the doctor/nurses to deliver. I also didn't want anyone near me when the pain was that bad. It was so hard to think positive thoughts or relax. After that, I was scared to even try to go natural. I really would like to go natural this time, but it seems like everyone who has gone natural says it wasn't so bad and my experience was awful. I usually have a high tolerance for pain, but my experience was terrible. Why are so many others able to do this! I know there are other options of pain meds, but I don't want to feel drowsy and I don't know much about side effects.