Here is a short article on the different advantages of wanting a birth without an epidural, because I find that unfortunately we are not enough informed about the benefits of this choice.
The WHO estimates that hospitals with a Caesarean section rate above 10% intervene too often in the delivery process.
But in France, for example, it is 24%, it’s huge!
Women giving birth without an epidural are more free to move during childbirth. They therefore have less risk of complications, less risk of hemorrhage, episiotomy, and less risk of babies being pulled with forceps.
Having an epidural, IV, or continuous electronic fetal monitoring usually means you will be on the bed, unable to walk or change position while movement aids labor. Many mothers do not realize that their legs will be “paralyzed” and connected to an IV once they are on an epidural.
Physiological delivery also allows the release of the placenta more easily.
The pushes are much easier (the body pushes on its own, actually).
You should also know that the epidural will prevent you from eating and drinking during labor.
Natural childbirth can certainly be painful, but it is easier to recover from the pain you feel. The female body is well made: the more the pain increases, the more the body generates endorphins, molecules which have the effect of a natural morphine. The power of these endorphins have the same properties as drugs from the opiate family. They make it possible to bypass the neocortex (rational brain) and activate the primitive brain (reptilian brain).
Many women compare this sensation to a trance, they are present, but the mind is completely elsewhere/disconnected or focused on the “wave” of contractions.
Whatever your choice, remember that the most important thing is the health of your baby and yours!
Listen to yourself, listen to your body, trust yourself, nature is well made and so is a woman's body.