Did you plan for it to go this way?

Do you have children? A friend of mine had her first yesterday. Before she gave birth, she told me how she wanted to have a natural childbirth, because her mom had done so with her and her siblings. I remember telling her, I know your plan is to do this naturally, but if you get in there and determine you can't, it's okay to have an epidural. Many people do. The important thing is to deliver a healthy baby." I wish I could claim to be a fount of wisdom, but my doctor said similar words to me when I [...]