After talking to lots of local mummies, the general consensus from my local maternity hospital is that epidurals are rarely given. Even those in obstetrics led care and not midwife led care are limited. I put in my birth plan that I want one and may decide not to if I'm coping but my MW wants it the other way around - without and ask if needed. She fed me the same line all the other local mummies recited to me. 'I was told if I needed one it was literally down the hall thru a double set of doors and I could have one, but when the day came they said it was too early for it and by the time they checked me again it was too late' Can I just say this is almost Word for word what all the mummies locally have told me. Even when it was in their birth plan. Why is the hospital avoiding giving these and what can I do to ensure I can have one if needed? I'm genuinely worried sick about this!!!!!