Right i'm due next sunday (whether she comes or not is a different story! ) but i really don't know what to do about an epidural. my midwife said if i want an epidural then i have to let her know by this wednesday. the reason is, is that the maternity unit at my hospital is moving to another hospital in spring. I really don't know what to do, because i really don't want an epidural, I thought i might be able to manage on g&a and pethidine! but the other day when i was texting happy_chick, she said the contractions were so bad that she could hardly breathe, never mind talk it's made me think, blimey, is the pain really that bad!??!! i would have an epidural so i wouldnt be in pain, but i'm worried about the risks with it, and the problems people have afterwards. i know its very rare, but i can't help panicking that the 1 in 100,000 chance or whatever the statistics are, that i will end up being the 1 this scares me too, http://childbirthsolutions.com/articles ... /index.php I'd really really love to have a birth without one, but i'm worried in case it's so bad that i will need to.. i'm just scared of the risks. what shall i do???