i went in the hospital quite early on in my labour with my last dc because i started having seizures in between the birth of my dd2 and ds. i had an epidural probably an hour or so after i got there, wanted to stay as calm as possible as stress can cause seizures, i always knew i was going to if i was able to, the pain was just starting to ramp up to the second stage. it definitely lengthens the labour but its a trade of i am happy to pay. out of my 3 i have had 2 epidurals and fully intending to again with this one. hope this helps.
the walking thing is a pain but to be honest if you have your partner there, a good midwife etc time will pass pretty quickly and with the epidural you may be able to sleep. oh but you will feel pain at the end (or they at least try to engineer it that way) . i remember being really fucking shocked at this a screaming at my midwife why can i feel this. its to do with the babys head and the pressure and things but its better that way because you know when to push. they do, do mobile epidural's but i have never had one.
i guess just having the pain at the end is ok... well everyone else gets it, and at east i will (fingers crossed) have a pain free labour up until then!) Myboyfriend hopes i wil sleep as there is a pub 5 mins walk from the hospital lol
I had an epidural before an induction, I had the baby within 10 hours, last stage being very quick, I felt the urge to push very strongly but no proper pain, not a mobile epidural so catheterised and bedbound.