I had an epidural with the first two, although it didn’t work well the second time, and by the third time I didn’t want it. I had hoped to manage completely medication free, but I was also alone, and I forgot how to breathe (active labor came on really suddenly and very intense, only 2 hours, then she was out) and I asked for one anyway. But the anesthesiologist was in surgery, so I had to wait. I tried something by IV that worked for a bit early on (I don’t remember what it was called) but a few cm dilated later, the second attempt no longer did anything for me. I tried gas and air but it also did nothing for me and I wound up just holding the mask in my hand instead of to my face So not very helpful! So for me, nothing really helped and I feel like next time I’m not even going to bother trying. I’ve seen now that I can do it without and I felt much better afterward than with the other two… I was up and walking and caring for her alone through the night. I walked home from the hospital a decent way… and when I mentioned it to the nurses they said that’s common without the epidural, women heal faster? So since I’m going solo again, I’m hoping to do just as well after, and thinking I won’t get the epidural this time again. We’ll see I guess. [name_m]Just[/name_m] need to remember to breathe this time!