Hopefully my cousin (a doula) will help me through a natural birth. I want the safety net so I don't want to completely omit the epidural idea.
I am a ways away from delivery but I contemplate the same thing. I Think I am going to plan on having the epidural on paper because I think it will keep me calmer and more relaxed to know there is some relief from the pain. BUT in my heart of hearts I want to research and use all relaxation techniques and
Do what you feel is best for your baby.