Yes yes and more yes. I could not see having a natural birth, i have had the epidural with all 4 of mine. I usually try to hold out until i can't take it much longer, but i've had friends who held out till the very end and it was too late for the epidural.
I will have one and I do try to hold out for as long as possible. I still like to be able to feel the contractions a tiny bit so I know when to push. It has been awhile for me so I guess I will have to wait until August to know for sure.
With my first i was holding off but after my water broke the contractions were soooo painfully BAD, increasing each time and draining me, that i had no choice but to get the epidural. Hopefully my with my 2nd i will hold off 100%.