Thank you to all those who responded to my previous message regarding "Vaginal v. C-Section". The information was excellent. A follow-up question I have is whether or not to get an epidural. I would prefer to labor without medication, but I fear that I will not have the energy/stamina to get through the contractions and then be able to push the baby out. I do plan to hire a doula, but I'm wondering if it would be wiser to get an epidural so that I save my energy for the pushing phase. Your experiences and advice would be extremely helpful. Thank you!