Epidural all the way!!! 2 vaginal births, one with and one without an epidural. I did NOT like the way I felt right after having my 8lb son without the epidural. I was shaking so bad and it hurt so terribly bad that I couldn't hold him. It was not a memorable birth at all, at least not one I care to remember. I plan to be enduced at least a week early AND have an epidural. I can't find a hospital that participates in water births, I had one born in TX, one in NC and now our 3rd will be in SC. I'm really not sure after giving birth twice that I want to do it in water anyway. My sil had 2 c-sections and on her second her incision became infected and tore open - she couldn't move well for 4 weeks, but said she would do it again in a heartbeat. Not me, I prefer to have the vaginal births, it just seemed more natural to me - but if it came down to emergency situation I wouldn't fight one. :) good luck!