During the course of your pregnancy you should discuss this option with your obstetrician. It is very difficult to make a firm decision about pain relief until you are actually in labour. If you are considering an epidural, for pain relief in labour you must read the information sheet and sign a consent. Signing this form does not compel you to have an epidural. Your obstetrician and midwife will help you decide whether epidural is for you.
For more information please refer to www.allaboutanaesthesia.com.au