Every time I have a baby, the first thing the medical staff starts to bug me about is when I want the epidural. It drives me crazy! It got to the point where I specifically had to put in my birth plan to not offer me any drugs unless I asked or medically necessary. With my second son, the nurse was pressuring me so much to ask for the drugs that my husband finally had to ask her to stop or just leave. When I am in labor, I am quiet and concentrating, so it's not like I'm sitting there screaming for them to think I am desperate for pain killers. When I went to Lamaze classes for my first pregnancy, the teacher informed us that the epidural was a very heavy tranquilizer and it had many risks involved. I decided I didn't want to take my chances with it, so after gathering as much information as I could, I decided to go natural. It was the best thing I could have done. With all three pregnancies I have labored at home and because of it, don't spend much time at the hospital before giving birth. With the last one, I was 7 centimeters when I got there, I gave 3 good pushes and the baby was here. I was totally aware of everything going on and therefore was able to take a more active role in my labor. My sons were all completely aware and able to latch on immediately since they weren't slowed down by all the drugs. I didn't risk our lives in anyway and the post partum recovery was amazingly quick. Obviously, if the medical need arose for me to need anesthetics in any way, I would not hesitate to let the doctors make their educated decisions, but as long as everything is going well, I prefer to go natural. This is not to say that women who choose the drugs, are weaker than the ones who don't, it's just that so many young mothers today are so quick to ask for drugs, they miss out on the many joys of doing it the natural way. People always ask me how and why I do it. I always remind them, "Well, it's labor. It's supposed to be work! Expect some pain girls. You're not sitting there eating pancakes!" lol.