A new study is out: Medscape article on Epidural
I just skimmed it and this was an interesting paragraph:
Of the women who delivered with epidural anesthesia, 76.5% chose to do so out of a desire for a pain-free delivery, 66.7% of them were afraid of the labor process, and 25.5% had previously had a negative delivery experience. In addition, 35.3% chose epidural analgesia based on the positive experiences of their friends, 29.4% wanted to have a normal delivery, and 31.4% wanted to be the first to see their baby
I think I had better read the rest.....but we really have to work harder at lowering women's fears!