I am still not sure whether I want an epidural, I know I will be going for some type of mild pain relief, but im still on the fence. I am trying to steer away for the epidural because im thinking that this means you have to stay longer in the hospital. How long does the epidural take to wear off, and what other types of pain relief are there? I would like a short stay ( not overnight ) obviously that is according to hope myself and baby are coping. I will find out from mw when i see her also. The main qu is thought, does pain relief affect your length of stay? By how much?? argghhh cant bare to stay in hospital!!!