I know when it comes to pain, labor, and delivery most of us would like to just hit the ! Lol But has anyone thought about how they are going to do it yet? With Alyssa I was 6cm by the time I got to the hospital. I had a epidural for about 3 hours, and got to 10cm just fine, but had some problems when it came to pushing. She was face up, rather than face down. I had them shut down the epidural, so I could work with the contractions. Then my husband told me that there was this bar thing in the bathroom. All of a sudden i was like I want that!!! It was a squat bar, which allowed you to sit up at the end of the bed with the support of the bar and squat down to help everything along. THIS BAR WAS MY LIFE SAVER!! Even with it, it took me 90 minutes to get her to crown. I don't think i would have been able to deliver her naturally if I had not used this bar to help me into a better birthing position. Not to mention, I had no tearing, no broken blood vessels, and I felt wonderful right afterwards. I am going to use this bar while I am in labor with James. I am going to try not to use pain medication, because I feel that if they let my waters wait as long as possible, I should be alright. They have birthing balls also, so I might make use of them.