It's interesting that the article states that women that have already given birth are opting to have Caesarean sections the second time round. (It's an article from the Mail Online so there's little point in referring to stats used!
) if that's true, as the article says it's down to women's experiences of labour in their chosen hospitals that put them off wanting to give birth naturally the second time round.
For me, I knew I was safe, as I had chosen the best possible hospital in Windsor, and being the Royal Borough, the hospitals here are generally very good. As I was low risk, and had done a lot of research on pain relief during my maternity leave, I decided that I absolutely didn't want an epidural. I wanted the labour to be as relaxed as possible, and for me to be as relaxed as possible. That meant that having things attached to my back that restrained my movement were a definite 'NO'! I opted for a waterbirth and gas and air, and that was all. I wanted to be in full control and aware of what my body was doing, so that I could react to the contractions and make them more effective. As it turns out, I had a very short labour and couldn't have been happier with those nurses that cared for me during and after the labour.
Although I didn't want one, I was already too far gone for an epidural by the time I had arrived at the labour ward, but even if I had wanted/needed one, I know that at the time, Heatherwood had very experienced anethetists there also, which was very reassuring.
However, If you have ever heard of anyone's birth experience in Wexham (Slough) that involved epidurals, you'll know that a lot of them are traumatised by the experience. Junior anaethetists just shouldn't practice on women in labour that are imminently giving birth. They just don't have the skill or the experience.
As I have given birth naturally the first time round and all went very smoothly, I know I'll definitely give birth naturally the second time round. However, if I had a bodged epidural the first time round round, I definitely wouldn't risk having another one again.